The other two reviews are diametrically opposed but I would have to side with the 5 star response. I imagine there would be few in the middle, because the film is so hard to watch in places, but it is a very radical and fascinating piece of filmmaking. The subject alone makes you realise it won't be easy, but what makes it particularly compelling, apart from the central performance by Volker Spengler, is the disparity between the long monologues and what we actually see on screen. For instance the slaughterhouse sequence occurs over a description of the main character's earlier life that is by no means just concerned with that place. The film builds an extraordinary power out of this technique, whereby the narrative voice takes on an incantatory power. There is no other film quite like it and I would say it is essential viewing, to be returned to at intervals to remind oneself of its unique meaning in all cinema.