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.
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
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.
Duelo de directores, duelo de humanos. Una gran película con un dejo a Fake de Orson Welles y algo de reality actual. Meritorio el rescate que hace Lars von Trier del cortometraje de Jorgen Leth. Nota al pie: todo editor debería ver la parte de Obstrucción Cuba. Un trabajo magnífico.