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

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie eschews narration and captions, and instead just strings together one stunning scene after another of inconceivably wealthy oil men indulging their passions.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

It is detached almost to the point of abstraction.

September 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.

September 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Composed over three years, The Challenge is elegantly distilled, each image deliberately framed, the rhythm alternating between meditative tranquility and flurried agitation.

November 7, 2017 | Full Review…

... provides an immersive and fascinating look at a subculture of modern excesses clashing with cultural and spiritual traditions.

September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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