This may be a fantastic film however, it is probably the hardest one to watch of the entire year. The story of a child tormenting her well meaning mother constantly from birth to young adulthood is painful to watch. Critic Leonard Maltin, whom I respect, described it as torture. Everyone agrees that Tilda Swinton gives one of the bravest and powerful performances of the year. She really is one of the most fantastic actresses of our time and she seems to often go unnoticed. That may be because she is so great. The film is well made and well put together and powerful but at times you may feel like Maltin, like nails being scraped across a chalk board. All of the acting is fantastic and the movie is super intense. I loved it and think the final scene has one of the greatest movie moments of the year. It is a shame Swinton was not nominated for the Oscar. She is much more deserving than of Rooney Mara's repeat performance in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," it is unfortunate but sometimes that is just how it works. Do not read up on this film, not even on imdb. Many synopsis's give away crucial plot points without warning which I feel would be better left unknown until the end of the film. The best disturbing movie of the year.