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1 hr. 31 min.

Plot Summary
In 1967, experimental filmmaker Jorgen Leth created a striking short film, "The Perfect Human," starring a man and women sitting in a box while a narrator poses questions about their relationship and humanity. Years later, Danish director Lars von Trier made a deal with Leth to remake the film five times, each under a different set of circumstances and with von Trier's strictly prescribed rules. As Leth completes each challenge, von Trier creates ever more elaborate rules for the contest.

Cast: Claus Nissen

Directors: Jorgen Leth , Lars von Trier

Genres: Documentary

The Five Obstructions (2003)

Release Date: September 11th, 2003|1 hr. 31 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Keep "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," and give me this spellbinding mind teaser, the ultimate game for movie buffs. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In The Five Obstructions, we meet the Danish filmmaker for an extended period, and he's exactly what a fan might hope and expect him to be like: impish, insightful, unpredictable, mildly sadistic and rigorously honest. show more

  • 88
    New York Daily News

    A sensational oddity. It sheds light on the creative process, on filmmaking and on the durability of friendship and professional respect despite the odds. show more

  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    A few parts are well done but the film is largely pseudo-intellectual nonsense. Way over-rated.

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