Release Date: March 29th, 2006 (IFC Center) by IFC Films.
The Cast: Bjork, Matthew Barney, Susil Osoma.
Directed by Matthew Barney.
BASIC PREMISE: Two Westerners (Bjork and Barney) arrive as guests on Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling ship.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Writer/director Matthew Barney cares very little about plot and character development, which certainly shows throughout this bizarre film. Most of Drawing Restraint 9 feels Barney trying to boast his strange visual skills in music-video-like scenes along with somewhat interesting cinematography. How much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how much you enjoyed Barney’s previous work with The Cremaster Cycle. A boring, pseudo-documentary sequence shows the process of turning whale oil into petroleum jelly. The two guests, played by Bjork and Barney, who arrive on the ship have no names and only talk once during the film. Both of them go through strange rituals and put on weird-looking costumes. In the third act, if you even want to call it that, they suddenly tear at eachother’s flesh among other disgusting acts that will make you sick to your stomach. Unfortunately, there are too many bizarre visuals and sounds which feel tedious, pointless and eventually irritating. Even songs by Bjork don’t add anything. At an excruciating running time of 135 minutes, Drawing Restraint 9 overstays its welcome by, well…135 minutes.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: No plot, no character development and no point.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 18 (I even stared at it a few times to escape boredom)
IN A NUTSHELL: Only true fans of Matthew Barney will be entertained. Everyone else will be painfully bored by the pointless, tedious visuals and sounds.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True fans of Matthew Barney- Movie Theater (1st Run)
Everyone else- Never or else bring a pillow.
The "D" Menu