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Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 20 May 2009 (Denmark)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

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A couple lose their young son when he falls out of a window while they are having sex in another room. The mother's grief consigns her to hospital, but her therapist husband brings her home intent on treating her depression himself. To confront her fears they go to stay at their remote cabin in the woods, "Eden", where something untold happened the previous summer. Told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue, the film details acts of lustful cruelty as the man and woman unfold the darker side of nature outside and within. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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When nature turns evil, true terror awaits. (UK) See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Anticristo  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£99,092 (UK) (24 July 2009)

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$397,070 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Eva Green was considered for the leading lady but rejected because her contract was too complex. See more »

Goofs

I'm going call it a continuity 'goof' even though it doesn't 'break the spell' of this movie (as if anything could!). When we first see the articulate, autophagic fox face to face it is wearing a collar with a bell hanging from it. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
She: [yelling] Where are you?
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Referenced in The Waiting Game (2014) See more »

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'Lascia ch'io pianga' from 'Rinaldo'
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Tuva Semmingsen and Barokksolistene
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Wait and the laughs will come... but this is an awful film.
24 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have honestly never laughed so uncontrollably at a movie ever I think and I really didn't think I would say this about this movie. This movie amused in a way that no genuine comedy film ever could. This is everything that's wrong with movies today all wrapped up in a single film.

From the very first minute you could tell that the director, Lars Von Trier, is so desperately fond of his own work that there were numerous long drawn out shots in black and white from strange angles and many really crazy cuts from scene to scene. The film was introduced with a really long black and white sex scene in super-slow-mo to Italian opera music. It's as pretentious as it gets. My friends and I were looking at each other in disbelief at the amount of slow motion used in this film.

There were many scenes where you thought "What's the relevance of this? I'll probably find out later." Well, in this film you never do. So much of the film is done in slow motion and time feels like it's hardly moving for most of this film. The dialogue was really painful to listen to and if there had been no conversation in the whole movie it would hardly have made any difference. This film, though, obviously had a reasonable budget, but all the money and effort seems to have been spent on making the film look arty and sophisticated but this film lacked the basics: a decent story and decent dialogue.

The two leading actors, Willem Defoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, did a reasonable job with the terrible dialogue they had to wrestle with, along with the numerous graphic, gratuitous sex scenes and extremely graphic violence. Both of these features being very overused in order to sell what is an awful film. It was just to make the less discerning viewer, who doesn't interest him/her self much with the story, happy. However everything happened at such a painfully slow pace I can't imagine anyone being pleased with this. Some people just want to watch sex and violence. Well I wouldn't waste your time here then because you can find both much better elsewhere! However, with all the terrible dialogue, the painfully slow pace, the regular black and white super-slow-mo sex scenes, the super-slow-mo of someone walking on a bridge, the laughable scene with the crow (won't spoil it for you) etc etc, I actually just cracked and laughed so uncontrollably I cried for several minutes. The irony of so much effort going into this film's style to cover up how terrible it was, by a director who thinks so highly of himself and actually making a complete fool of himself with this skid-mark of a movie.

My suggestion to you would be that if you want to see this movie, watch at speed x2. It will still be a slow movie and you won't miss much about the dialogue. There isn't much of it and what little there is is complete rubbish. You will however save about 52 minutes of your life. Just looking at the IMDb statistics I can't believe that the film was only 104 minutes long. It honestly felt like about 3 hours.

Antichrist is a very slow, very boring, very pretentious and an utterly pointless movie.


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