Antichrist Movie Review: Twisted, Disturbing and Really Good
In Lars von Trier’s most mainstream movie to date – which still isn’t very mainstream at all – Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in what is easily the most twisted movie of 2009, Antichrist. Though its intent still eludes me, Antichrist is also one of the most captivating and visually engaging movies of the year.
In Antichrist, Dafoe and Gainsbourg star as a married couple who are attempting to get over the loss of their only child. As the two have passionate, hardcore sex in the bedroom, the child climbs up to an open window and plummets in magnificent slow motion to the sidewalk below, his life ending in an instant. Dafoe, playing an unnamed therapist, takes it upon himself to treat his wife by taking her into the woods of Eden – a place she fears with all her heart because it reminds her of her son. Once there, though, the two are immersed in an increasingly bleak world of tension and misery – though to explain what truly happens or what the movie is about is both hard to explain and a betrayal of the film’s shocking developments.
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