Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)



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.
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Drawing Restraint 9

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (16)

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

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Washington Post
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Moby ick.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Drawing Restraint 9

Pretty pictures at 24fps. And Ronit hates it! All you could want in a movie except plot and characterization.

Jim McCann
Jim McCann

I've seen this twice. Bjork's character could have been much more developed, but I loved the whaling scenes on deck.

Sharon Bautista
Sharon Bautista

"Cremaster 6" would have been a more appropriate title. Anyway, if you have the chance you should go see it because it's art and stuff and art is never released on DVDs or something like that.

Jason Coffman
Jason Coffman

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