Having completed his celebrated five-part Cremaster
film cycle, artist-filmmaker Matthew Barney returned to one of his earliest projects with a ninth installment in his ongoing Drawing Restraint
series. But while the majority of the previous eight were performance pieces in which Barney attempted to produce a work out of some form of physical resistance, No. 9 is very much in the Cremaster
mold, a gorgeous feature that's both passing strange and undeniably beautiful. This virtually wordless film stars Barney and his wife, Icelandic pop artist Bjork, as a pair of "Occidental tourists" who arrive separately aboard the real-life Japanese whaling shi...