I spent my entire day so far watching this and after all that time I can definitely say, it deserves the praise. Everything it does it accomplishes, lavish sets, huge stories, about a gazillion characters, everything fits. It tiring to keep up with it but when everything falls into place, it pays off.
I constantly found myself in awe at how much this pulls off. It’s twice as long as the average feature and it doesn’t have a love triangle, this shit has a love hexagon. Yet, it all works, and I don’t know how to explain how.
I can see why it’s regarded as the greatest French film of all time, it’s definitely one of the best French films I’ve seen, better than anything G*dard made. It’s a daunting task but a rewarding one nonetheless, but only watch it if you’re 100% willing to, because holy shit is this thing taxing.