Watch until he gets sent out to the desert. Then turn off the screen. It's all downhill from there. If you feel compelled to watch the rest of it at least mute it. Awful music makes everything cringier.
How to make a pretentious and pompous movie: Make everything happen in slow motion. Show people doing weird things (yes sir, water that floor real good, sir). Have the characters name-drop composers, poets, writers, painters, etc. Have the characters lecture the audience. That scene with the man ranting on the horse felt like he picked up a demented homeless dude ranting on a subway train and gave him some screen time to "illuminate us". We should strive to be more together, not further apart. Wow, such wisdom. Fascinating.
By the time the candle scene at the end started I was already bored. After enduring that scene, I was pissed off. This was literally the most miserable, enraging, and excruciating experience I have had in a movie theater. Fuck this movie and that weirdo eating bread and looking at himself in the mirror like a maniac.