The Five Obstructions

2003, Documentary, 1h 31m

62 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Both an intriguing intellectual exercise and an amusing look at the contrasts between the two filmmakers. Read critic reviews

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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.

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Claus Nissen
The Perfect Man
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive Producer
Kim Hattesen
Cinematographer
Dan Holmberg
Cinematographer
Daniel Dencik
Film Editor
Asger Leth
First Assistant Director
Asger Leth
Second Assistant Director
Vibeke Windeløv
Executive Producer
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