The other reviewers say it all. Once it starts, you can't stop watching it - not even to put the video on pause to use the loo. It feels much more 'real' than all the plot contrivances of Hollywood, and the characters are as complex, multilayered, persistent, obstinate, flawed and gutsy as we all know real people are - it's just that the unstoppable barrage of pap from the established film industry (I didn't want to say Hollywood again) has made us forget. If you've fed on mainstream cinema for years, you may think nothing can truly surprise you or engross you ever again. If only you knew! Get Festen and find out.