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Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 20

Some of the images are striking, if confusing, but the film is unbearably slow and tedious.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 8

Some of the images are striking, if confusing, but the film is unbearably slow and tedious.



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Filmmaker and artist Matthew Barney collaborated with his wife, noted musician Björk, for this ambitious experimental feature. Aboard a Japanese fishing vessel named the Nisshin Maru, a crew of laborers constructs "the Field," a sculptural mold in the shape of an oval that is filled with melted petroleum jelly. As the crew slaves over the project, a man and woman (played by Barney and Björk) are brought on board, and while the ship sets sail the couple prepare to be married in a traditional

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Drawing Restraint 9 belongs to an endangered species of experimental film that walks the line between challenging and alienating its audience.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Like John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, a surreal, vaguely plausible explanation of why two people are crazy about each other.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Doesn't advance the Barney oeuvre an inch past where he left it with his massive, megalomaniacal opus known as the Cremaster series.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Moby ick.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Allegedly all these incidents connect symbolically in Barney's mind, but in the viewer's, they thud, inert and separate as stones.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A work as vast, monstrous, and mysteriously graceful as a whale.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Conventional storytelling may not be Barney's thing, but he has a superb cinematic eye, an incredible imagination and the wherewithal to make his visions happen.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

However enigmatic this all might be, there is no denying that Barney has assembled some rivetingly beautiful images.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Offers no restraint on the writer/director's penchant for weird esoterica.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

A refreshing break from mind-numbing Hollywood movies, but it may fail to win you over

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

What is undeniable is that this, even more than Barney's previous work, is a film of outrageous, startling ingenuity and beauty.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It is a series of lyrical ambiguities filtered through the prism of Japanese religious and whaling cultures that defy literal interpretation even as they are sculpted into physical significance.

August 4, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Throughout, Barney drowns the screen in arresting images ... that nail your eyes to the screen.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Hugely tedious...this turgid, opaque, whale-obsessed fiasco might be described as one big, festering hunk of blubber.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Drawing Restraint 9 is Barney again creating something tenaciously abstract, but this time the result is more serene and approachable.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source:

You're either on the boat or off the boat with something like this. But for those willing to brave the open water, it's an awe-inspiring ride.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian

...suffers from the loss of experiencing Barney's visual imagination for the first time.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Barney and Björk certainly deserve each other; theirs is a match made purgatorial.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source:

Bjork appears to have been a good influence on Barney: The soundtrack, which she supervised and participates in, is well worth the time for fans of experimental music.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Not since the collaborations of Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), have music and visuals been so satisfyingly combined.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

You could think of admission to Drawing Restraint 9 as an $8.25 nap.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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