A beautiful story, would have been a lot more effective had it not been so very slowly directed. I am sure the Director is gifted, but in this particular movie, he/she is very lacking. although the final product of the movie is touching, having to sit through the drudgery of long, drawn out scenes and slow interaction of the characters was most painful. Much of the pauses between interaction of the characters could have been cut from the movie making it a lot more effective.
However, I have given this movie an 8 rating out of 10 because of the story line. It is a powerful example of pain, dealing with loss, yet in the midst of it all, the beauty of friendship and the need for fellow mankind.
I highly recommend this movie, just be prepared to travel it's story at a snails pace.