First things first: the sound-track is scratchy and clearly taken from a print and transfer that could both have been much better; the shot-selection is rudimentary and it feels almost as if a group of schoolboys had got hold of a film camera and wheren't entirely sure what to do with it. However, I first saw this film, late one night on C4 (when they still showed foreign-language films with subtitles), about fifteen years ago. I have never forgotten the film. The central performances are stunning. That of the ambitious ex-schoolteacher who aspires to join the Board of his electrical company employer, after more than a decade in its Sales team, is magnficent. So, too, is that of his sister-in-law, who comes to visit the employee's wife in the big city for the first time. She is luminous. So powerful, for me, were her simplicity of heart and the brightness of her intelligence, that I was blown away by her performance then and remain elevated by her spirit now. Personally, I think there are few roles (for women) where her judgement on the moral choices being made has been so potent. I applaud at the final scene, which, I think, is devastating. There is a simplicity at the heart of the mechanical dispositions of this film which should not be confused with simple-mindedness: it is candid, lucid, restrained, charming and bright beyond most films you will ever see. A joy.