Somewhere I must have been told of this movie; heard praise for its award-winning screenplay and wonderful ensemble cast, but I’ve no memory of when or where I heard of it.

Within 15 minutes, I think approximately 25 characters had been introduced with a bewildering assortment of names. Within 30 minutes I still had no idea what was really going on because everyone was speaking obliquely while mumbling in soft accents from around the U.K. By the 45-minute mark, certain plot threads seemed to be taking shape, but then I’m not sure if it was something I did, or what, but the DVD froze on one stuttering image while the soundtrack kept advancing, and I figured, Oh well.