The camera never moves, it's always positioned low down, the screenplay fastidiously sidesteps drama.
But unlike the dogme directors, he's not just exercising his virtuosity.
When his characters sit and look at one of those raked sand gardens with rocks in them, they're doing what he expects his audience to do.
The camera puts us on our knees before his people. We pay them respect.
We contemplate their lives- their very ordinary lives.
The longer we gaze on the surface the more we see into the depths.