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The Five Obstructions ()

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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.

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Claus Nissen ...
The Perfect Man - from 'Det perfekte menneske' 1967 (archiveFootage)
Majken Algren Nielsen ...
The Perfect Woman, from 'Det perfekte menneske' 1967) (archiveFootage) (as Maiken Algren)
Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez ...
The Perfect Man (segment "Obstruction #1 - The Perfect Human: Cuba")
Jacqueline Arenal ...
The Perfect Woman (segment "Obstruction #1 - The Perfect Human: Cuba")
Vivian Rosa
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Voice-over (from "Det perfekte menneske" 1967) / Self - Director (segments "The Conversations") / Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba," segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay," segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") / Self -The Perfect Man - Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark")
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The Perfect Man / Voice-over (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") / Speaker (segment "Obstruction #4 - The Perfect Human: Cartoon")
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The Perfect Woman (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Marie Dejaer ...
Maid (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Pascal Perez ...
Couple (Man) (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels")
Meschell Perez ...
Couple (Woman) (segment "The Perfect Human: BrunellesBrussels")
Bent Christensen ...
Gangster (from "Det gode og det onde" 1975) (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archiveFootage)
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Naked Man (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( fsegment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archiveFootage)
Charlotte Sieling ...
Naked Woman (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon" (archiveFootage)
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Man with Jacket (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) ( segment "Obstruction #4 - The Perfect Human (archiveFootage)
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Woman with Money (from "Notater om kærligheden" 1989) (segment "The Perfect Human (archiveFootage)
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Self / Obstructor (segment "The Conversations")
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Bob Sabiston ...
Self (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") (uncredited)

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Jørgen Leth ... (segments "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark", "The Perfect Human: Bombay", "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels", "The Perfect Human: Cartoon", "The Perfect Human: Cuba") (uncredited)
Lars von Trier ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark") (uncredited)

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Sophie Destin ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brussels") (poem "La Femme")
 
Asger Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") (script)
 
Asger Leth ... (segment "Cartoon") (script)
 
Jørgen Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") (script)
 
Jørgen Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") (script)
 
Jørgen Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay")
 
Jørgen Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba")
 
Lars von Trier ... (idea)
 
Lars von Trier ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark") (script)

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Yeslam bin Laden ... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Marianne Christensen ... line producer
Carsten Holst ... producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen ... executive producer
Nicole Mora ... co-executive producer
Gerald Morin ... co-executive producer
Marc-Henri Wajnberg ... co-executive producer / (segment "The Perfect Human: Bruelles Brussels") delegate producer / (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") delegate producer
Vibeke Windeløv ... executive producer

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Dan Holmberg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Morten Højbjerg
Camilla Skousen

Editorial Department

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Marlene Billie Andreasen ... on-line editor: post-production
Thomas Caspersen ... digital film recordist: post-production
Lars Dela ... technical consultant: post-production
Daniel Dencik ... pilot editor: (segment "The Conversations") (as Daniel A. Denick)
Christine Ekstrand ... post-production assistant
Simon Kristiansen ... avid assistant: post-production / on-line editor: post-production
Lasse Martinussen ... avid assistant: post-production
Fabien Pascal ... color timer: post-production, Eclair Laboratories
Thomas Therchilsen ... digital color grader: post-production
Anne Katrine Andersen ... post-production producer (uncredited)
Michael Frank Nielsen ... film color timer (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Magdalena Coamano ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") makeup artist
Juan Pacífico ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") hair stylist
Lisa Schonker ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") makeup artist

Production Management

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Anne Katrine Andersen ... post-production manager
Amrit Gangar ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay") production manager
Magdalena García ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") production manager
Mette Høst Hansen ... post-production manager
Tom Heene ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production manager
Pia Nielsen ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Asger Leth ... first assistant director / second unit director

Art Department

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Michel Vinck ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") props researcher: Amalgames

Sound Department

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Martin Saabye Andersen ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") sound engineer
Morten Bøttzauw ... (segment "The Conversations") sound engineer
Jens de Place Bjørn ... (segment "The Conversations") sound engineer
Paul Heymans ... (segments "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels", "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") sound engineer
Jan Juhler ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay") sound engineer
Tom Koester ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") sound engineer
Kasper Munck-Hansen ... (segment "The Conversations") sound engineer (as Kasper Munck Hansen)
Hans Møller ... sound design: Mainstream ApS

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jakob Bonfils ... (segment "The Conversations") photographer: third unit
Manuel Dacosse ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") assistant to director of photography
Kim Hattesen ... (segment "The Conversations") photographer: third unit
Asger Leth ... photographer: second unit
Adam Morris Philp ... assistant director of photography (as Adam Philp) / (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") second director of photography (as Adam Philp)
François Zeegers ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") gaffer

Animation Department

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Randy Cole ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator
Jennifer Deutrom ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator (as Jennifer Drummond)
Mike Layne ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator (as Michael Layne)
Asger Leth ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") cartoon consultant
Katy O'Connor ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator
Bob Sabiston ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animation director / (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator
Holly Sabiston ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator (as Holly Fisher)
Susan Sabiston ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator
Patrick Thornton ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cartoon") animator

Casting Department

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Marianne Christensen ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") casting
Magdalena García ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elisabeth Houtart ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") stylist: Amalgames (as Elisabeth Houtard)

Location Management

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Delphine Coterel ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") location manager

Music Department

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Kristian Leth ... composer: additional music
Mikkel Maltha ... music consultant: Zentropa Music ApS
Anders Valbro ... music consultant: Zentropa Music ApS

Transportation Department

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José Luis Figueroa ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") production driver

Additional Crew

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Suhas Bhiwandkar ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay") production coordinator
Signe Birket-Smith ... assistant: producer
Majken Bramstrup ... production assistant: Zentropa Real
Floyd E. Casper ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay") production coordinator
Rasmus Christoffersen ... production assistant: Zentropa Real
Isabelle Corlier ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunlles Brussels") production assistant: Wajnbrosse
Michel Detry ... accountant: Bureau Detry
Veronique Durand ... film laboratory: Eclair Laboratoires, France
Sonja Egemar ... accountant
Füsun Eriksen ... public relations: Trust Film Sales ApS
Marie-Aude Goddard ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production assistant
Javier Gonzales ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") production coordinator
Jesper Grüner ... production assistant: Zentropa Real
Jens Georg Hansen ... insurance: Marsh A/S (as Jens-Georg Hansen)
Olivier Heger ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production insurance
Anders Jacobsen ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Cuba") assistant: line producer
Anders Kjærhauge ... production lawyer: Zentropa Administration ApS
Ann Køj ... accountant
Stefan Maenen ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") runner
Melanie Munt ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") body double
Mairead O'Leary ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production assistant: Wajnbrosse
Nina Munch Petersen ... personal assistant: Carsten Holst
Cecile Piot ... film laboratory: Eclair Laboratoires, France
Deepak Rao ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Bombay") production coordinator
Jordan Savel ... production assistant: Zentropa Real (as Jordan E. Savel)
Thomas Schindel ... personal assistant: Lars von Trier
Manka Sierakowski ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production assistant: Wajnbrosse
Johanne Stainer ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production coordinator
Rogier Van Eck ... (segment "The Perfect Human: Brunelles Brussels") production assistant: Wajnbrosse (as Roger Van Eck)
Ann Vognsen ... accountant

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Plot Summary

"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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Five Obstructions (France)
  • The Five Obstructions (Canada, English title)
  • The Five Obstructions (World-wide, English title)
  • The Five Obstructions (United States)
  • The Five Obstructions (United Kingdom)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia During one of the conversation segments in the documentary Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth agree that Leth will receive full credit for the fifth and final Obstruction entitled "The Perfect Human: Avedøre, Denmark" despite not directing it, and that Trier will receive none, although he will direct it. This, apparently, is within the rules of the game played out by the two directors during the documentary, and serves as an inside joke. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from The Perfect Human (1968). See more »

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