I saw this at the Watershed in Bristol and thought it was great.
The performances were beautifully observed, particularly Quvenzahane Wallis (had to copy and paste the spelling from your post, Ted
) and the aurochs were a great visual metaphor for adversity.
Just the right blend of gritty reality and magical realism and hugely moving.
It's the kind of film that restores your faith in cinema.
You see, that's where my opinion differs completely.
Granted, the realism was there - there was a slight documentary feel that made it feel authentic.
But i got no magical realisim whatsoever - all the comments i'd read before about it being a magical fantasy - WHAT!!!
I'm sorry but i didn't get any of that. My biggest bugbear was the characters - her nasty, vicious father, the teacher with attitude, the pissed-up locals.
And the Aurochs thing - awful.