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  1. captainfez's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    The Five Missed Face-Punchings.

  2. gamecat23@gmail.com's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Went into this with a sense of obligation, expecting an overwrought Von Trier exercise. Ended up being drawn in and taken up by Leth's wry wit and reluctant enthusiasm for the challenges presented to him. The films he makes end up being quite intriguing and stand on their own and actually improve on his lauded (at least by Von Trier) original. Come for the oatmeal and stay for the cherries.

  3. timothy & his esteemed guests's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    A meta narrative that questions authorial vulnerability exposed by two rather self-possessed sword fighting over existential cinema.

  4. mpho3's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Diabolique. 4.5 stars ... Team Leth

  5. Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    A pact between filmmakers Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth allows von Trier to challenge Leth with a series of "obstructions" in recreating Leth's short experimental film "The Perfect Human." It is so enjoyable to watch Lars lay out these obstructions and then watch Jorgen figure out how to overcome them in his filmmaking. So cool. Watching how these extraordinary and odd minds work is another glorious fascination.

  6. yohkcub's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    It is nice to see filmmakers in their element and the process of creating a film, making art with limitations vs no limitations; the challenge of creating separation. The relationship between von Trier and Jorgen Leth is pure and entertaining. The perspective both filmmakers determine what a film should be/include is both juxtaposing and in sync. Each obstruction is great to see.

  7. Kevin's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    This film reminds me when Dogma started, with its obstructions. This is the influence that engendered the movement. The film embraces Denmark’s emphasis on the human condition, in all of its foibles. I’m thinking of the recent North Korea Documentary with the fake disabled person, or the film where the protagonist feigns fits, or where a dinner party turns to the host’s admission of something horrid, or…

  8. Creighton Blinn's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    By its nature, a difficult film to rate. The actual short films Leth produced from the obstructions were great (I wish it was easier to see his features). But the connecting tissue with von Trier is unmemorable(except in how unlikable von Trier comes off as). So 4 stars/2 stars . . .

  9. Isaac Ionescu's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    The mesmerizing tale of two rich white brainless mansion kids affably bowing before each other and playing with toy trucks the size of film budgets.

  10. subtonal's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

  11. Oliver Page's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Fascinating, ultimately flawed survey of the component parts of the artistic impulse in action.

  12. Dave Wesley's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Wonderful. Fascinating. I love that this film exists. Both directors are amazing.

  13. Hiram Molina's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

  14. Esteban Chaires's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    A great film about the passion of filmmaking.

  15. smndvdcl's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    An uncompromising cinematic experiment that influenced the future of the language of film.

  16. Egoisms's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    People unnerved by the Bombay film oughtta read Peter Singer's seminal Famine, Affluence, and Morality and his book The Life You Can Save. The vast geographical distances which separate rich from poor are ethically irrelevant. If it's perverse to eat so richly in front of the global poor, it's perverse to eat so anywhere without simultaneously trying to make such disparities a thing of the past.

  17. lina maj's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    (3.5) Enjoyed Lars von Trier the most - the wicked puppeteer and the mastermind of games.

  18. averpues's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

  19. Andrew Miller's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    My favorite Von Trier, though of course its not only his. A vein of tenderness below the snarky gamesmanship.

  20. Mar J's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

  21. antibody's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

  22. msmichel's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Von Trier, ever the agent provocateur, cast his designs on a filmmaker he truly admired with this incredible experimentation made in collaboration with Jorgen Leth. He challenged Leth to remake his classic short 'The Perfect Human' five times abiding by obstructions Von Trier would hand out. However the brilliance of Leth's filmmaking provides the only true obstruction of Von Trier's designs. One of the decade's best

  23. EdieEmm's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Lars Von Trier is the abusive relationship you keep finding yourself going back to. Here, he gets to embody that role, justify it, atone for it, strut arrogantly in it. Leth, meanwhile, is the foil: willingly abused, fed, nourished, mirroring the audience, coming out stronger (more justification). And the coup de grace: well, the roles are interchangeable! And so his game continues... Clever as always.

  24. Ezra Winton's rating of the film The Five Obstructions

    Interesting but so ethically problematic in its bourgeoisie justifications...

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