Directed by: Lars von Trier
Written by: Lars von Trier
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg... read more

Year: 2009
Genrer: Drama, Horror
Run time: 1h 48 min
My rating: 5 out of 5

When I first read some reviews about Antichrist, nobody seemed to appreciate it at all, but personally I think it's one of the best movies Lars von Trier has directed. It's based on emotions and reminds me alot of Karim Hussain's movies, which I really love. It cries out of symbolism and contains some of the most amazing pictures I've ever seen. The open stage is breathtaking and the use of slow motion, like a music video, is used with great success along the entire movie.

He and she loses their son and this leads to her suffering of terrible panic attacks. Her husband is a therapist and despite guidelines that never treat their loved ones, they try to get together with her problems - at the place where her anxiety is getting stronger: Eden, a deserted cabin in the woods. The therapeutic battle develops into a war between the sexes. Her demons are in the two, and he also comes from the innocent evil of nature. Nature's brutality takes over and his sense and peace become completely useless.

The movie may seem impossible to piece together, but I interpret it as the woman had a depression or became bipolar. One found her notes from the attic and it turned out that she had lost her soul during written dissertations. She had tortured her child by letting it wear the shoes on the wrong feet, and in the first scene, a silence cry also symbolized a false tone of gloom. On another scene, it turns out that the woman actually saw the child when it was on the table. But it's no use to try to rationalize this movie, you'll never find the right answer anyway.

Antichrist contains a minimal audio accompaniment by Kristian Eidnes Andersen that's incredibly beautiful. Even the animal's imagery is fascinating and intimidating at the same time, and it adds a great surreal quality around the movie, which also improves its final result. The scene where the couple makes love around the tree and surrounded by protruding hands is beautifully creepy. Certainly, it carries some sorrow and despair, especially at the start of the movie, but it's confronting the intensity of its performance.

The actors are incredible and the movie itself was like a horrifying and depressing poem with content of the strongest and most bizarre scenes that can be found on film. It occasionally sucked into me and touched me in a way that kept me in a wakeful position for the rest of the night. The movie contains some graphic moments that can upset sensitive viewers, but if you have a sense of maturity and want to experience something different, watch this movie. Highly recommended!


Produced by: Bettina Brokemper, Rémi Burah, Gunnar Carlsson, Jérôme Clément, Madeleine Ekman, Peter Garde, Sanne Glæsel, Gebhard Henke, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Lars Jönsson, Andrea Occhipinti, Michel Reilhac, Johannes Rexin, Andreas Schreitmüller, Marianne Slot, Malgorzata Szumowska, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Meinolf Zurhorst.
Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle
Editing by: Åsa Mossberg, Anders Refn
Special Effects by: Johanna Koch, Nicola Pandel, Sarah Poeck, Jörg Runk, Silke Weiss, Sarah Wirtz
Music by: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Country: Denmark | Germany | France | Sweden | Italy | Poland
Language: English
Color: Color | Black and White

Distributor: The Criterion Collection