I saw Avalon at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year -- without subtitles. The distributor had accidentally left them out. >_>
My impression was that it was very beautiful visually, but the characters in the film left me cold. I think it was lacking the core of humanity that held Ghost in the Shell together, though that could just be the actors. I think I need to watch it again, this time with subtitles. I'd be interested to see if my first impression still stands.