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The Five Obstructions (2003)

De fem benspænd (original title)
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Filmmaker Lars Von Trier challenges Jørgen Leth, the filmmaker behind The Perfect Human (1967), to remake his classic short under circumstances of increasing constraint.

Directors:

Jørgen Leth (uncredited), Lars von Trier (uncredited)

Writers:

Sophie Destin (poem), Asger Leth (script) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claus Nissen Claus Nissen ... The Perfect Man - from 'Det perfekte menneske' 1967 (archive footage)
Majken Algren Nielsen Majken Algren Nielsen ... The Perfect Woman, from 'Det perfekte menneske' 1967) (archive footage) (as Maiken Algren)
Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez ... The Perfect Man (segment "Obstruction #1 - The Perfect Human: Cuba")
Jacqueline Arenal Jacqueline Arenal ... The Perfect Woman (segment "Obstruction #1 - The Perfect Human: Cuba")
Vivian Rosa Vivian Rosa
Jørgen Leth ... Voice-over (from "Det perfekte menneske" 1967) / Himself - Director (segments "The Conversations") / Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba," segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay," segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") / Himself -The Perfect Man - Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark")
Patrick Bauchau ... The Perfect Man / Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") / Speaker (segment "Obstruction #4 - The Perfect Human: Cartoon")
Alexandra Vandernoot ... The Perfect Woman (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Marie Dejaer Marie Dejaer ... Maid (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Pascal Perez Pascal Perez ... Couple (Man) (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Meschell Perez Meschell Perez ... Couple (Woman) (segment "The Perfect Human: BrunellesBrussels")
Bent Christensen Bent Christensen ... Gangster (from "Det gode og det onde" 1975) (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archive footage)
Anders Hove ... Naked Man (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( fsegment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archive footage)
Charlotte Sieling Charlotte Sieling ... Naked Woman (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archive footage)
Jan Nowicki ... Man with Jacket (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( segment "Obstruction #4 - The Perfect Human (archive footage)
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Storyline

"The Five Obstructions", a 100 min. Dano-Belgian theatre documentary directed by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth. An investigative journey into the phenomenon of "documentary", based on manifestos written by each director. About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967), a document on life in Denmark, containing the familiar Leth idiosyncrasies. Written by jordan.savel@filmbyen.com

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Taglines:

Acclaimed director Lars Von Trier challenges his creative mentor to a diabolical game: Deconstruct cinema, reinvent cinema. Push the limits through torturous obstructions.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Language:

Danish | English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

As Cinco Obstruções See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,940, 30 May 2004

Gross USA:

$165,845

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$279,032
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song played during The Perfect Human: Havana is "Planting the Seed" by David Holmes, which was also used in Ocean's 11 and appears on that movie's soundtrack. See more »

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References The Perfect Human (1968) See more »

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Rent this one. However...
26 May 2005 | by MANU-13See all my reviews

...'The Five Obstructions' is not for everyone. This is for you if you love documentaries. This is for you if you respect the maverick minds of filmmakers playing with each other's head. This is for you if you can appreciate the intention behind this documentary. This is for you if you would like to see a veteran filmmaker being challenged to remake an earlier short film of his.

Also if you are so used to being spoon fed with a steady dose of ulcer generating colored candy, forget all about renting this gem.Here's hoping there wont be people who watch this, get disgruntled and then plaster all over the internet with not so kind reviews.

Instead, here's hoping these filmmakers come back with a sequel- if that beautiful being called Jorgen Leth agrees!.


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