The Challenge (2017)



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If you have it, spend it: Italian artist Yuri Ancarani's visually striking documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs who moonlight as amateur falconers, with no expenses spared along the way. The Challenge follows these men through the rituals that define their lives: perilously racing blacked-out SUVs up and down sand dunes; sharing communal meals; taking their Ferraris out for a spin with their pet cheetahs riding shotgun; and much more. Ancarani's film is a sly meditation on the collective pursuit of idiosyncratic desires.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

... features some of the most stunning falcon-cam shots ever captured.

Dec 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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The movie eschews narration and captions, and instead just strings together one stunning scene after another of inconceivably wealthy oil men indulging their passions.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

It is detached almost to the point of abstraction.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

At first glance the film makes a knockout impression, at once showy and enigmatic. But as it proceeds, dishing up more idiosyncratic imagery but absolutely no insight, the spell may begin to pall for many viewers.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Challenge follows the mind-boggling excesses of Arab aristocracy with the same biting exactitude we've come to expect from Ancarani.

Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It's best if viewed on the big screen, where it dazzles.

Jun 18, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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