I have to side with arsaib on this one.
Rewatched Felicias Journey some time sgo (which had been a favorite of mine), and i think "heavy-handedness" is the correct term. I was not impressed by Ararat, either (and i even saw it at the cinema). Need to revisit Exotica, though. What I remember from it, was that I simply did not understand much of the film. It seemed somehow ahead of me, a riddle I was not able to decipher to a satisfying degree. But I also need to see more of his work.