• Released
  • November 19, 1999
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • Black Comedy
    Romantic Comedy
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
A concept executed with bravura style, intelligent curiosity, and playful wit.
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Boston Globe

Astounding. It is also bizarre, challenging, and, at times, admirably overreaching. In short, it's the kind of ambitious little film that can leave critics in a swoon and American moviegoers scratching their heads.
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Film Threat

By Merle Bertrand
Ultimately a rewarding -- if weird -- experience. It's just too bad that it takes so long to get there.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
Has its own peculiar charm.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It may take a half-hour to get one's bearings, but there's a payoff in the subsequent charm of this nearly wordless, surreal comedy set in a decrepit bathhouse in Bulgaria.
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Chicago Tribune

It is filled with imposing and beautiful imagery, though it becomes increasingly monotonous.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film's tone is a matter of taste -- the more you enjoy the melancholy silent comedies of Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, the more likely you are to embrace its sensibility -- but it's undeniably the product of a singular and beautifully realized vision.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Helmer's wildly whimsical debut film, Tuvalu, is the kind of movie that might one day find itself in the hall of fame of surreal movie weirdness alongside cult favorites like "Eraserhead," "Delicatessen" and the avant-garde frolics of Guy Maddin.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
This one-of-a kind charmer casts an immediate and delightful spell.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A disappointment, a precious and grotesque exercise reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Delicatessen," only less amusing.
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58 out of 100
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