Some may call the Polish Brothers' surreal Northfork pretentious, and they'd have a pretty strong case. A lot of the imagery and pacing seems to come from nowhere and symbolize nothing. However, when one looks at the general tone of despair and grief, these haunting images take on a power that transcends mere symbolism. The story and characters are not what's important. How could they be? In the midst of extreme sadness and isolation, one doesn't have time for such details. The Polish Brothers manage to create a living, breathing, crying film that is just as much a state of mind as work of art.