Having struggled to watch a Von Trier to the end in the past, I expected a similar experience with this film. For some reason this one clicked and I was absorbed from start to finish. Yes, it is very depressing, and because of this during the course of the film I cried almost continually with a handful of especially bad breakdowns. I believe if a film can have that severe an effect on you, how can it be bad? Also, anyone who dislikes the distinctive sound of Björk's voice probably should not attempt this film. Lastly, yes it sets out to be sad, and so perhaps this is why some call it pretentious and contrived, but I totally disagree. Although you could guess roughly what was going to happen, the manner in which it happened was very surprising. And so in my opinion this is an example of a brilliant reworking of old ideas strung together to form something totally fresh and original, rather than desperately trying to come up with something new for the sake of originality. An acquired taste for sure, but this is going straight onto my favourite films list and staying there.