It is always difficult to recall comparable films when the elements which most stick in my mind are as relatively unrelated and distinct as those which I recall most fondly with this film:
Frequent streams of poetic imagery - Especially in a portion toward the middle of the film where the protagonist is largely set loose from her anchoring forces and the film drifts along with her through time and age and haircuts and life choices, whereby the film cements an impression of this period by soaking up mood, color, and rhythm in a continuous stream which ends exactly when the protagonist finds another anchor.
Textured portraits of unremarkable individuals - This is a strong point of the director's previous films, but here the characters are filmed and played in such a manner that their foibles and failings can be so crushing as to be seemingly impossible to personally overcome and yet so touching as to push one to be overcome with empathy. These are the sorts of contrasts that you can't help but find when delving beyond a person's barriers, in loving those things that they do best and being taken aback at their unforeseen lacks. Especially surprising is the way I couldn't even recommend a path of change for either main character as their behavior, as troubling for themselves as it may be, seems to ingrained in their nature and in their best qualities that they are saddled with the results lest they lose all their potential for gains.
Revelatory narrative schisms - After three films this is the director's signature, and here it is achieved in so many more nuances and on such smaller and greater levels that it imbues each contrasting period with a deeper context, a more understandable contrast, and an ingenious narrative framework. This topic, as integral as it seems to be to the director's modus oprandi and as multifaceted as it is integrated here, deserves its own analysis that would be wasted in summary, but it would be a bore to talk only to myself about it.
Has anyone else seen it? I would recommend flying to go see it. It's got to be playing somewhere in the world right now.