Had to split this into two viewings, as it does tend to wear on one. But this epic meditation on the assimilation of the Jews of Hungary in the 20th Century does have its virtues. Fiennes is one of them, who really puts in a tour de force performance. He adopts a completely different manner and physicality to portray these three different characters. Not only that, but the director seems to believe that stripping him naked is an integral part of the story. (No complaints from me). Another is the radiant Jennifer Ehle, who simply has never been given her due in films. You'll find a good look in this movie of what we've missed. Aside from that, great costumes and art direction, a willfully repetitious plotline, beautiful music, and a bit too many polemics. And William Hurt as a Jew? (Oy! In whose universe)?