Great film! Great directing, good acting (could've been better for a silent film), nice story. Since it's 99% silent, it requires all of your attention/focus. Even though it's a beautiful love story, the silent movie aspect makes certain parts of the story really hard to understand. For example, there is not enough explanation/showing of the strained relationship between Valentin and his wife (other than 2 scenes) and to be honest, I was confused throughout the movie for what the real reason was why he refused to act in a talkie. After the scenes of the mouths talking and the blurry scene with his dog barking, I thought it could've been because he was deaf? But that wouldn't makes sense since he's able to talk to others in the movie perfectly. After reading some other reviews, some say it's because of his French accent that is revealed in the last scene. I suppose it's just his pride? I do not really know, and I shouldn't have to go digging through reviews in order to find out; hence, the 1 1/2 star deduction.