Back in the 70's, Francis Ford Coppola made 4 movies and all of them became masterpieces. I mean, the guy was on fire and, basically, the best film director working at the time. Unfortunately, 40 years later, even though he had a prolific career, he never reached this level again. Coppola has recently made a come back after 10 years without directing anything and the end result was actually pretty good. First of all, the black and white cinematography was really gorgeous and reminded me of those good old neo-realist features (as a matter of fact, Coppola was inspired by 'La notte'). Concerning Vincent Gallo, you may hate the guy or not but he delivered here a really solid performance, like the rest of the cast. Still, even though the story was intriguing, it was not really mesmerizing. I thought it was rather obvious that the accent was set on the style and the performances, rather than the substance and sometimes, I didn't care much about the proceedings. Still, according to Coppola, it is 'the most beautiful film [he's] ever made' and, indeed, it is a visual marvel, absolutely. To conclude, it is a rather intimate and well made drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Coppola's work.