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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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Release Date:

20 May 2009 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Anticristo  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£99,092 (UK) (24 July 2009)


$397,070 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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Charlotte Gainsbourg wasn't the first choice for the leading role. She has since played a leading role in each part of von Trier's Antichrist (2009)/Melancholia (2011)/Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) trilogy. See more »


In the end titles, George Frideric Handel's piece "Lascia ch'io pianga" is wrongly listed as "Laschia ch'io pianga". See more »


He: What I understood, was that you wanted to write alone. So you could finish your thesis.
She: But I didn't.
He: You didn't.
She: You see? You didn't even know that.
He: Why did you give up? That's not like you.
She: The whole project just seemed less important, up there. As you said, when I talked to you about my subject: 'glib.'
He: I never called your subject glib.
She: Perhaps you didn't use that word, but that's what you meant. And, all of a sudden, it was glib. Or, even worse, some kind of lie.
He: I see.
She: No, you don't see. ...
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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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22 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie, not because of the gore and violence, but because it's... well I don't know how to say it, but it moved me in a lot more ways than the usual movie, this movie makes Tarantino look like a mainstream instructor, this is as much an art piece as it is a movie, it'll make you feel things that you never thought a movie would ever make you feel.

I for one are tired of all the mainstream "good guy's life is good, bad guy ruins it, good guy takes revenge" predictable movies, sadly it seems to be what 99% of the American population prefere, we seem to go to the movies to get a good feeling of justice will always prevail and good conquers bad and so on.

I'm pretty sure that the movie will be received pretty well outside of the states and Australia, probably because our country is excellent at keeping anything that doesn't paint the world pink with flowers all over it, far away from our narrow minded and fragile minds.

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