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The Five Obstructions gives a great insight into the lives of these two filmmakers, as it documents Leth's cinematic strategies and intuitive genius in the face of von Trier's questioning pomposity, though ultimately the film ends up as little more than a subtle in-joke between the two filmmakers which, although interesting and enjoyable, leaves the viewer with little of personal meaning to take home with them. Leth's cinematic obstructions, here devised by von Trier, are an attempt to strip away any remnants of the senior director's genius, with von Trier proclaiming that the film won't be a success until Leth has turned it into a piece of crap (...von Trier's words!). The obstructions run the gauntlet from the seriously challenging (like no cut can be longer than twelve frames, the action must take place near a an 'unseen' scene of personal degradation), to the seriously strange (the film must be shot in Havana, the film must be a cartoon, your obstruction is there are no obstructions... and so on).Read more ›
Obviously the qoute would be loathed by both directors in this movie, but they do bring that momentum to their little experiment:
Lars Trier invites Jørgen Leth to redo his short movie called "The Perfect Man". Not only once, but five times, with Trier giving Leth five obstructions.
Not only does this movie show the brilliance of Jørgen Leth, but it also shows the essence of both him and Lars Trier, during their discussions.
This movie is for fans of either, or for people who like watching movies, that will make them go "Hmmm" for a month or so.
Intellectually superior - watch only if you don't mind realizing, that we are but lesser mortals.