I liked the soundtrack to this movie, and then Nada offered to lend me the DVD, so I checked it out. I watched it in three installments, which probably didn't help me get caught up in the flow -- the beginning didn't grab me at all, but I was glad I stuck with it. Knowing how it ended didn't make the the last half hour any easier to watch, especially as a parent internalizing the potential for pain when your kids wander.
I was curious enough to do some reading on the background story, which in some ways made it seem more tragic. The review by Katrina Onstad parallels many of my feelings about the film. I was surprised at the impact it had on me -- some of the scenes are beyond beautiful, and I thought the acting was mostly fantastic. Lots of food for thought on contrasts in decisions about how we set up our lives: thankfulness vs restlessness...optimizing your situation vs seeking out new experience...strengthening existing relationships vs developing new ones...independence vs interdependence and community...freedom vs comfort. I'll be stewing on this one for a while, I think.