From the earliest moments, the central character is obsessively creating art, much to the chagrin of those surrounding him. This compulsion results in a staggering collection of pieces, starting with child-like original works early on, only to find with experience and exposure to other masters a creeping plagiarism.
The search for originality without copying others is a central theme, along with the (shockingly literal) demonstration of suffering for one’s art. There is sadness and pity in the tale, but it’s told with such a light and playful touch that it’s hard not succumbing to the charms of even the most disturbing of scenes.
Quirky and joyous, and most importantly accessible, this is a masterfully crafted film by a unique and original filmmaker at the top of his game.