Medea ★★★★½

Not even 90 minutes, this mesmerizing Medea is comprised of stagy interchanges set among the crags and bogs of Denmark. Von Trier makes use of deliberate panning shots, overlain imagery and harrowing overhead angles that place characters in the thrall of nature. The scene where Medea commits her infanticide is both brutal and subversive, with one of this children assisting her in the killings; even by the standard of child murder, it is tough to watch. Lars von Trier’s Medea is a near perfect work of art.