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... features some of the most stunning falcon-cam shots ever captured.
The movie eschews narration and captions, and instead just strings together one stunning scene after another of inconceivably wealthy oil men indulging their passions.
It is detached almost to the point of abstraction.
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.
The Challenge follows the mind-boggling excesses of Arab aristocracy with the same biting exactitude we've come to expect from Ancarani.
It's best if viewed on the big screen, where it dazzles.
For its first half-hour, The Challenge gets by on visual style alone, and Ancarani is obviously extremely talented. But after that, it begins to feel increasingly shallow.
Composed over three years, The Challenge is elegantly distilled, each image deliberately framed, the rhythm alternating between meditative tranquility and flurried agitation.
... provides an immersive and fascinating look at a subculture of modern excesses clashing with cultural and spiritual traditions.
Thanks to an opaque narrative and slow pacing, The Challenge will test your own endurance, but a cult following seems likely.
It's hard to say whether this is an unusually sheened documentary, an art piece that uses aspects of the real and transforms them radically, or a highly formal visual poem. But it's a strange and beautiful thing: to use that word again, fabulous indeed.
The luxury of the content and form is intentionally overwhelming, and nearly every frame contains a perfect juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern, or of nature and technology.
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