If someone like von Trier makes a horror movie, it is hardly likely to be standard fare. The chapter finally introduces openly surreal elements, when a fox is unearthed. It's a fantastic work of art, the cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle is amazing and the whole feel of the film is both beautiful and scary at the same time. People need to see it. The performances are honest and strong, the aesthetics are bold, the direction is brilliant and the outcome is something that is ultimately hard to come by these days: authentic film-making. Alas, things get weird, edgy and very, very nasty. When I left the theater I didn't know quite what to think, but it grows and becomes better and better.
In spite of large and sustained periods of quite brilliant film-making, Antichrist contains some of the most violent and deplorable images ever committed to celluloid. At the funeral, a woman fainted, and she was taken to the hospital. Lars von Trier has established himself as a maker of serious, avant-garde drama. That's why it works so effective on the audience. This is most definitely not for everyone. So you'll be pleased to know that I have no intention of harping on about the director's bent meditation on gender, nature, genocide, motherhood, misogyny and astronomy. In New Testament orthodoxy, an Antichrist is what or who precedes the Second Coming.
Therefore, I'll stick to what I know. Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Akeke Salstrem Description During sexual intimacy of the spouses, the little boy is chosen from the crib, then climbs onto the window sill and breaks. The trancelike photography; sound, score, and editing demonstrate a predilection for atmospheric, art-theatre sensibility. And my deepest respect to Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsburg. Without a doubt the most unpleasant and despairing movie I've ever watched. If I don't like an American film I don't go out and bash on reviewers from America and then state that Danes have more sense - what's that all about? I of course won't say too much.
Psychologically, this is simple description of a process in the mind. You would think that, in the end, all this violence and self molestation is just a shock tactic, but I assure you it's not. Inasmuch as this review is partly interpretative, other viewers may find their own preferred readings which differ from the approach given here. For example, there're only two characters, both of which remain nameless and have indefinite; pasts, motives and are somewhat difficult to identify with. It is a difficult and uncomfortable experience that'll unnerve even the most robust of film fans. That's why it works so effective on the audience. It's natural it's looks almost too realistic , physical sexual violence.
Though shrouded in scenes of unspeakable cruelty, the film eludes to the work of Tarkovsky in a big way: Von Trier's warped Adam and Eve parable is a moody, metaphysical affair cloaked in hypnotic, dreamlike imagery that calls to mind the likes of Mirror, Solaris and the brilliant Stalker. The film rejects conventional morality. You would think that, in the end, all this violence and self molestation is just a shock tactic, but I assure you it's not. Perhaps you have to be Danish to appreciate the horrific torture pornography, who knows??. Colour is added to the previously monochrome palette, literally and in terms of filling out their characters.
He came to fame through Breaking the Waves, a controversial story of how far someone would go for love. However, what was supposed to be an escape to a quiet place, it will become his worst nightmares as they will have to face their deepest fears. Soon they go to a country house, as her husband hoped that here it will be better, but there it was. He locks the terrifying nature of the horror to the most extreme sexual images. This opening prologue is operatic in its soundtrack and intensity. I can understand why some people wouldn't like it, and that's okay. It may not be a movie that made me feel good, but it made feel something and had an effect on me.
Von Trier is a lapsed Catholic, and describes himself as increasingly atheist. The performances are honest and strong, the aesthetics are bold, the direction is brilliant and the outcome is something that is ultimately hard to come by these days: authentic film-making. For the ladies there's self mutilation. To overcome this, they decide to move to an isolated cabin in the woods. He makes films that provide himself and his audiences with thorny intellectual challenges.
The couple end up facing a spiral of mysterious and terrifying events. There is actually a plot and a sensible progression of the movie. An eerie yet gorgeous tapestry of lingering close-ups; parallels, cuts and slow-motion photography, Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is a gruelling tale of mythical grandeur: a bizarre yet beautiful film chock full of sadism and shagging, Satanic dogma and similes. You can almost feel their pain. There is a very brief, aesthetically contextualised glimpse of penetration, setting the audience up for the psycho-sexual horrors that follow later. People need to see it. An eerie yet gorgeous tapestry of lingering close-ups; parallels, cuts and slow-motion photography, Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is a gruelling tale of mythical grandeur: a bizarre yet beautiful film chock full of sadism and shagging, Satanic dogma and similes.