I'm sure it surprises no one that I loved this movie. If the characters were women, the amount of flesh in the movie would be utterly ordinary, but it's well-known that Europeans are much more equal oppurtunity (but not equal, to be sure) when it comes to nudity. The film goes from brutal to sweet in a rather short time span. I compare it to 'Green Fingers,' which stars a bunch of British people, in which there is no nudity whatsoever, because it shows prisoners as human beings and the prison to be quite inhumane. Also, is it possible that Mike is really American? Because he sounds British, perhaps he's from the Virgin Isles or something. While the film is essentially a tender porno, there was something very geniuine about the characters that made the plot much more believable. Very recommended to folks who like this kind of stuff - European porn-fiction, perhaps one could call it. That would include everything Catherine Breillat has ever made, Tino Brass' films (like Salon Kitty, that is so messed up in so many ways), people who didn't hate 'The Dreamers.' But the essence of this porn-fiction is that it takes a fictional relationship, one that you might come to care about as in any narrative film and takes it from there. It's almost like women's porn, in that it gives you a reason to care, not just the images and I can say personally that the way I conceive of attractiveness, personality is king. I don't think Justin Timberlake is goodlooking, I can intellectually recognize why others do, but he is so uninteresting it's crazy. Another interesting aspect of these films is that most of what they show is real. It blurs boundaries the way real person slash fan fiction does.