Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

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

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Shot in Nagasaki Bay on board the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru. The relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity, a theme that symbolically tracks through the construction and transformation of a vast sculpture of liquid vaseline, called 'The Field', which is molded, poured, bisected and reformed on the deck of the ship over the course of the film. Barriers hold form in place, and when they are removed, the film tracks the descent of form into states of sensual surrender and formal atrophy. This shift in the physical state of the sculpture is symbolically mirrored through the narrative of the guests, two occidental visitors to the ship.

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Critic Reviews for Drawing Restraint 9

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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.

Sep 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.

Jun 1, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

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 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.

Apr 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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