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Antichrist (2009)
I saw Antichrist over the weekend. I liked it. Nay, I loved it. By now this Lars von Trier romp has become quite notorious. I REALLY don’t want to spoil it here, and that makes it a wee bit hard
Published on November 17, 2009 | Filed under Review

I saw Antichrist over the weekend. I liked it. Nay, I loved it. By now this Lars von Trier romp has become quite notorious. I REALLY don’t want to spoil it here, and that makes it a wee bit hard to talk about. Many of the things that affected me may not have done so if I knew about them going in. If I tell you what scenes and what plot points hit me the hardest, then it may ruin it. You see my dilemma.

The only solution that will allow me a clear conscious is if I keep this brief. I will say that I encourage people to see it. It lives up to the hype and them some. Antichrist manages to successfully straddle the line between arthouse obscure and a well crafted story. Sure there were some “wtf ?!” and “wait, what does that mean?” moments. But that’s good for conversation. And you’ll want to talk about it. And debate about it. And think about it. Basically, expect this film to stick with you.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the acting. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg were awe inspiring. Their obvious commitment to the roles made me uncomfortable at times. This is definitely a harsh, angry film. Their immersion in those emotions caused me to worry for their mental well being. Brave performances to say the least.

The visuals were haunting and lovely. At any point in this film you could take a screen capture and be left with a piece of art. If you want a more in depth discussion, listen to The Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema’s podcast here.

Author:

Christine enjoys obsessing over Paracinema magazine. She also loves well written hour long TV dramas. Her free time is spent with her many boyfriends: Brian De Palma, Edgar Wright & Alfred Hitchcock.


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  • Matt-suzaka

    Well, thanks for not spoiling it, though I know you would warn us! I hope I can find a way to see it sooner than later. It will not be playing anywhere near where I live though…not a movie titled ANTICHRIST!

  • Ashlee

    I don't think it's playing near me either. I actually have to be in a 'nothing else to do' mood to see a film so committed to its execution it seems. You guys are saying such great things about it and if it inspired me to respond the first time in such an immersed way, I almost can't fathom my reaction to the actual product.

    Okay, I'm gonna check again…

  • Tower Farm

    Thanks for not spoiling this…as much as I generally dislike arthouse films, something about this movie intrigues me, and I'll probably make the effort to see it.
    -Billy