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Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a grieving couple retreat to Eden , their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse... Following its award winning success at this year s Cannes Film Festival and explosive box office performance, one of the most controversial films ever to receive a cinema release in the UK finally makes it way on to the DVD and Blu-Ray SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature Commentary with Director Lars von Trier, Interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Interview with Willem Dafoe FEATURETTES The Evil of Woman, The Visual Style of Antichrist, The Make-Up Effects and Props of Antichrist, The Three Beggars, Eden, Confessions about Anxiety, The Sound and Music of Antichrist, The Antichrist Test, Behind the test, Antichrist Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival
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It is an uncompromising start, Von Trier seems keen to set out his stall early. The first few minutes of the film, shot in beautiful slow motion black-and-white, show Willem Defoe as 'He' and Charlotte Gainsbourg as 'She' making love, including a close-up shot of a thrusting, erect penis so that you can accuse him of pornography and the simultaneous, slow, almost balletic sequence events that leads to the couple's son falling from their apartment window onto the snowy street below. We are then into Grief, the name of this first section, which has hospitalised and medicated her and left him, who is a therapist, with the cold detachment of a professional, searching for the best way to help her through her grief. At first we feel huge sympathy for Gainsbourg, crippled by her grief, lashing out for some kind of purchase on her emotions, whilst at the same time being repelled by Defoe's clinical and arrogant treatment of his partner.Read more ›
It should disturb people - I presume it is meant to. But only in the sense that it is crying out to people's denial of our terrible human condition here; the Evilness of planet earth. So much that is generally hidden or denied or labelled pathological, but which is actually normal. And of course to say such things is to immediately invite people's wrath, even if it is the Truth.
For me there is only one error in the movie - and that is the equation of nature with women only; and somehow men representing the mind/intellect/rationality. Because, in Truth, of course, man and the mind are as much a product of nature as everything else on the planet. There is the battle to try and rationalise an emotional event - and the portrayal of the fact that that is just not possible. Nor can it be. And ultimately the body and emotions win, as Dafoe himself finds out.
There is nothing shocking about any of the sexual scenes; nor has it got anything to do with mental illness. Nor is it a horror movie, though it is of course horrific in certain scenes. People who want to take those lines are, again, missing the more distressing point that pain, grief, sorrow, anger and "madness" are major parts of our life as humans on this planet.
The primal scream is actually shown visually, as is the cruelty of nature. The images of the half-born, dead baby deer still trapped in its mother's body for example; the almost-dead bird eaten up by other creatures and so on. This is an exploration of von Trier's idea that "nature is satan's church".Read more ›
There's little doubt that this film has divided the opinions of one and all. Some expect horror - well, it's not. Some may be curious as to its alleged 'porn' status, when it has none at all. Yet others pan it as art, albeit obsure and psychotic, for art's sake. It's not. At its heart lie the agonies of its creator in real life, past if not present, for above all this is an intimate analysis of one couple's descent into psychological breakdown, caused by the tragic death of their son.
In this film, it is the mother of the child who takes it upon herself to assume most of the guilt, and her partner - a therapist by profession anyway - gives her therapeutic support and guidance. (The director has been accused of touching upon misogynistic taboos in this regard, with his suggestion that women are evil and men are not) But her breakdown deepens and becomes physically as well as mentally destructive, and the portrayal of this is one of the film's strengths. That it should descend into such horrific images of agonising pain and mutilation is the debatable point - personally I think more could have been left to the viewer's imagination, and there should have been less in the way of sickeningly horrible (as opposed to horrific) imagery. This was the one disappointing element for me, and although I don't doubt that such acts of violence are authentic and possibly based on real events, there was no need to make those images quite so brutally in-your-face in impact; a little subtlety would have been my preference. That's because to an extent it will be these images that people will remember the film for, and some of the very intelligent examinations of depression, panic attacks and nervous breakdowns are almost glossed over as a result.Read more ›
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Amazing film depicting the plight of women, the nature and nurture and the destruction of a family the husband try's to council his wife out of a major depression after a loss of a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by chris
This was a malevolent beauty for me. Ive always been a huge von Triers fan, and upon hearing he d done a film while in depression I was fascinated at the outcome, and I was... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Becky.horror
This is the first Lars Von Trier film I have watched. It is really rather disturbing and apart from some shots which are quite beautiful it is a very difficult film to watch. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. Can't think of a name
I'll be honest, I bought this for some cheap thrills, and I did get some. Some of the sexual content is extremely dark and will appeal to those with a somewhat twisted imagination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew
With a big nod to "Don't Look Now" and "The Shining" Triers does horror. The main protagonist is a CBT rationalist who believes his wife grief can be overcome by... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
It stay with you. While the mark of a good artwork, the scenes that stay with you are generally uncomfortable.Published 6 months ago by mike williams
Paranormal horror film. Seems to me a fairly low budget one. Fair acting, some sex scenes but i expected more from a film of this type. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lihadi Deen