by Xavier Toby in New Film on Saturday 2 August 2008

Seldom has black humour been done so well. On the surface, this film about the everyday lives of some unusually mundane characters, sounds extraordinarily boring. But it is instead a cutting comment on the absurdity and drudgery of everyday life. The characters try to break out or change their lives without success, and the results are bleak and hilarious. A hotel receptionist who dearly wants a child leaves herself messages, a life-insurance salesman is distracted by the noise of a couple having sex in the next room, and a wife dealing with the sudden disappearance of her husband receives a card from his employer. It’s a humane piece that creates a huge impact through a subtle touch.