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The Five Obstructions

De fem benspænd

Dänemark, Schweiz, 2003
Dokumentarfilm, Avantgarde

Darum geht's

Jorgen Leth drehte 1967 den Film Der perfekte Mensch. Lars von Trier hat bei Leth studiert, er liebt dessen Film und kontaktiert Leth um ihm ein Remake vorzuschlagen. Leth soll es selbst drehen, aber LvT knüpft daran fünf Bedingungen und Hindernisse die den Film noch besser machen sollen.

Darum sehenswert

Lars von Trier, will you ever stop provoking people? Here’s a movie that’s about his provocations: the Nymphomaniac director challenges his hero, the great Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth, to remake his own movie under von Trier’s maniacal guidelines. Can he do it? Or will both filmmakers go insane?

The Five Obstructions Regie Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier


The movie itself is simple yet novel – and paradoxically involving for what is, essentially, an exercise in conceptual art.
April 01, 2014
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This divertissement is probably more fun if you haven’t seen many experimental films — if, for instance, you haven’t already seen a film cut as rapidly as 12 frames per shot. And if you’re titillated by the idea of feasting in front of hungry nonwhite people. In short, it’s amusing only if you agree not to think very much about it.
September 10, 2004
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In the film’s final sequence and ultimate obstruction, the opposite roles the two melancholy Danes have played throughout… collapse into one as von Trier attempts a last gambit to skewer Leth’s cautious nature and ends up exposing his own vulnerability instead. “Look how he falls. This is how he falls,” the narration from The Perfect Humanintones, but just who is falling, has fallen, is the riddle with which this suddenly sad, inexplicably moving film leaves us.
March 01, 2004
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