The Five Obstructions

The Five Obstructions. imdb. wikipedia. hulu.

What a wonderful film! A thought-provoking exploration of constraint, and also revision and admiration and inspiration and perspective and style and film as a medium, and on and on.

I watched it on Netflix – I came upon it rather by accident – but I’m amazed to see that it’s also on hulu.

An excellent little excerpt:

Lars (frustrated): “I’d like to achieve that feeling of a tortoise on its back.”
Jorgen (inspired): “Yes. ‘Tortoise.’ I’ll write it down.”
Lars: “The trouble is you’re so clever that whatever I say inspires you.”
Jorgen: “Yes, I can’t help it.”
Lars: “No, we can’t avoid it.”

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