Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

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Film with almost no dialogue. In Japan's Nagasaki Bay, two guests arrive separately on board the Nisshin Maru, a whaling ship. On the deck of the ship an enormous mold is filled with hot petroleum jelly, which is brought to the ship in a procession of various animals and people. As the liquid cools it creates a disturbing, enigmatic sculptural form, and the guests perform an elaborate series of rituals. They are bathed, shorn and then groomed in spectacular costumes of skin, fur and bone inspired by traditional Shinto wedding dress.

In the film's only dialogue sequence, they take part in a tea ceremony during which a priest recounts the history of the ship. Just then the chamber floods, which leads to a transformation in the couple. [synopsis written by Cameron Bailey as part of the publicity for Toronto International Film Festival Group]

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