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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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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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…

Thanks to an opaque narrative and slow pacing, The Challenge will test your own endurance, but a cult following seems likely.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

September 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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