maria’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ah the eternal ,was I not paying enough attention or was this made in a way that defied attention spans, question?
Technically speaking it's not that confusing, the main character just does what he has to do to move ahead and we follow his various shady career changes and his personal life. Things get trickier when you try to follow the regime and sociopolitical changes (when is that ever an easy thing to do), I have to admit I did some research on that front because even though its main character seems detached from the trials and tribulations of the nation, at the same time he is a product of those times so it's necessary to have at least some context and minimum knowledge of the country's politics, history and conditions. Or of any country's for that matter. So even though one could argue this isn't a political film per se, it is still a political film.
I am leaving this one unrated for now, also because I can't pretend to be as well read as I would like to to make a fair assessment. Watched as always with Ashlea! Recommendation by SupremeLemon who has a much more eloquent and knowledgeable review on this, so go read that one for some food for thought.