This film had a lot going for it. Unique plot, characters, setting, themes, multiple stories, unlimited complexity. The problem I had with it is that it was trying too hard. Rather than letting the beauty of the situation unfold naturally, it ended up feeling like a rushed stage play. Also I can honestly say I hate William Hurt. He's convincing as the homosexual, but whether or not he can act (he can) I still find him repugnant. He is tragically bland, even when he is being flamboyant. Furthermore, I could not forgive his character for being a child molester, an attribute that deserved a little more attention. When he's cleaning Raul's shit, it is obviously just a way to see the other's penis. As a homosexual, I know this to be a fact. I would have done the same thing.