Parsimonious with its plot, which is revealed on a need-to-know basis. At first, we're not even sure who is who; dialogue is half-heard, references are unclear, the townspeople know things we discover only gradually. show more
Winterbottom also has the insight to share the novelist's suggestion that landscape can reflect and, to a degree, even shape character.
Comes to the screen missing subtle cues and crucial connections.