"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
When nature turns evil, true terror awaits.
A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
So.....I guess von Trier took the whole 'torture porn' thing too literally.
I can take the pretentiousness and can forgive the self-indulgent ramblings and thickly laid on self-importance.
I can even stand the yucky bits.
What I can't stand is the shallow, cold and completely unengaging treatment of its potentially intriguing subject matter.
“Nature is Satan's church.”
-She (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Over on the Internet Movie Database, someone once described Lars Von Trier as, and I quote, ‘an arty wanker’.
Now, although that is perhaps the most unsophisticated and rudimentary way of expressing it, they did have a point. It isn’t hard to see why Trier could be considered pretentious, especially with his most controversial outing yet, Antichrist.
To say it is unforgettable is a gross understatement. Rather, for better or worse, it sears itself into your subconscious, tapping its way into your most deep seated fears. It is a film that will astonish and infuriate in equal measure, a film that cannot be simply watched, but felt. The exact emotions felt will differ…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Do not be mistaken. This is a film by the aberrant and outlandish Lars von Trier, who after a lengthy bout of depression made a film in 2009, which is an 'uneasy-intimate' experience with subtle, slow motion shots of snow fall, an explicit shower sex-scene and babies accidentally falling out of open windows. The camera follows the entire 23 second fall of the toddler until the tiny thing (I am still trying to convince myself that it was only a film prop; it certainly was, but not the fiendishly beautiful direction) makes contact with asphalt.
The metamorphoses of the film into a full blown violent, psychological horror drama is film-making at its best and most vile. Not everything is in…
Those were probably the most common sounds/phrases coming out of my mouth while watching Antichrist. After a brilliant and hypnotizing opening, Lars von Trier takes your hand and guides you through a misty realm of wo- "HOLY FUCK WHAT IS THIS SHIT."
I must say. Antichrist is unlike anything I've ever seen. Its like Evil Dead as written and directed by Terrence Malick. Its cold and calculated and is light on the shocks until they sneak up and strike. Antrichrist is labeled as a horror film but its hardly conventional horror fare. Instead its a quiet film that resembles an awkward neurosurgical operation rather than a horror film you're used to seeing.…
Lars Von Trier's provocative 2009 film Antichrist could be deemed a cinematic Frankenstein (and the Director a kind of Tarantino for the art-house crowd) with it's blatant nods to the Director's influences in Tarkovsky, Dreyer and Bergman as well as the post film credits which call out a department of researchers on; misogyny, mythology and evil, anxiety, horror films, music, theology and therapy. But in looking for the beauty in the beast amongst this witches brew of ideas, themes and symbolism, as well as some of the most gruesome self-mutilation imaginable, surfaces an existential horror masterpiece that has absorbed my thoughts and entirely this week.
After my first viewing a few years ago I felt physically ill and…
Trier could have pushed the limits a little more I feel. Quit holding back!
Tom Long said it best: "the best film ever that you'd recommend to absolutely no one". I am divided on rating this film. For the most part, the film is vivid, provocative, and avant-garde with some of the most gorgeous visual film-making I have ever seen. But it also delves into the gut-wrenching, graphic, and grotesque, falling off into proverbs and becoming almost incomprehensible. Where I am torn, is the fact that the director, Lars von Trier evokes that from you, and in a way, this film makes a perfect horror movie (graphic horror rather than suggestive). Ultimately, I will not say "go out and view this immediately," but in a way, I dare you to watch it.
Lars von Trier is one of the most visually gifted directors working today and this film showcases some of his best talents. Say what you will about his psychotic state of mind, but I believe you have to be a little kooky to make art on this level.
Having struggled with crippling mental diseases in the past, She brought a breath of fresh air. Very few times have I seen depression as realistically depicted on the silver screen as Charlotte Gainsbourg's character (One other time being in von Trier's *Melancholia*). Some of his parody-like editing with random jump cuts rubs me the wrong way, but he was clearly in a very drab place emotionally and physically because this film is the darkest I have ever seen. He lead me to care deeply about these two people in a cabin just to have them brutally torture each other and it was enjoyable in the most draining way.
What was that?
What the actual fuck did I just see?
Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is a beautifully shot, amazingly acted, but extremely disturbing movie. Husband and Wife try to get their life back together after their child dies.
Sounds simple and harmless, right?
But it isn't when you have Lars Von Trier as director. The movie is really disturbing, I can't point that out enough. This is probably the movie I cringed the most while watching. It's not just one scene, it's getting uglier and uglier.
I'll probably never watch this again, but the movie needs a rewatch, in my opinion. Von Trier is trying to get a message to the viewers in between the sex and gore, but what exactly that is - I don't fully understand.
I'm still feeling pain in my stomach after this movie, after that one scene containing a penis... Thank you Lars Von Trier.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is a weird movie. Be warned that it contains Willem Dafoe nudity as well as full penetration and even some genital mutilation.
Me quedó dando vueltas en la cabeza muchos días después de verla e incluso aún hoy no logro descrifrar si me gustó o no. Pero de que está bien hecha, lo está, y hay que verla.
You know, arthouse films can be very polarising. A lot of people would say this film goes too far, but honestly I don't think that's anyone's place to say. Unless someone is actually at risk I don't think anyone can say when a film has gone too far.
Did I enjoy all the genital mutilation? It's not my cup of tea I'll be honest. But just as people point to this film and call it torture porn and sick shit, is that even fair?
If you truly love film, can you hate this movie? Go ahead if you want I don't give a fuck, but there was too much gorgeous cinematography, great sound, nice reincorporation, and some deep themes that…
Somehow, someway, I've managed to have three successful date nights with Antichrist
"I get this ache... And I, I thought it was for sex, but it's to tear everything to fucking pieces."
films that are, in one way or another, about the discomfort of having a woman's body.
community list so suggestions…
Movies that are slightly off.