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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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Chaos reigns. See more »


Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

20 May 2009 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Anticristo  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€122,895 (Italy), 24 May 2009

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,397, 25 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$397,070, 13 December 2009
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2.35 : 1
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In 2007 Lars von Trier announced that he was suffering from a depression, and that it was possible that he never would be able to make another film. "I assume that 'Antichrist' will be my next film. But right now I don't know," he told the Danish newspaper 'Politiken'. During an early casting attempt, English actors who had come to Copenhagen had to be sent home, while Trier was crying because his poor condition did not allow him to meet them. 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 »


She: Nature is Satan's church.
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References Nekromantik (1987) See more »


'Lascia ch'io pianga' from 'Rinaldo'
Composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Karina Gauvin and Tempo Rubato
Conducted by Alexander Weimann
Courtesy of ATMA Classique
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Wish I could forget that I ever watched it.
22 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is going to be a very short review because for me, there are just far too many problems with this 'film'. I realise that everyone has their own tastes and opinion, especially when it comes to art, films and music. However, I believe myself to be a serious connoisseur of the film world and I have to say, that in my honest opinion this film was a disaster.

I cannot express to you the excitement I felt when I heard about this movie, and I was extremely anxious to see the final result. I was positive that the finished film would be something that would remain a classic for me for many years to come, such as Rosemary's baby and the Shining. Alas, I had to force myself to finish this, due to the fact that it felt like mindless cruelty and degradation. I didn't feel like I was watching a movie, rather watching someone's sick fantasy come to life. Now I have seen most of the underground, dark material that everyone talks about, such as August underground, Guinea Pig and A Serbian film. So this film didn't disgust me for it's violence and torture-esque presence, it purely was just the most unenjoyable, pointless, piece of trash I have ever seen. I can't think of anyone that would gain satisfaction of entertainment out of watching this.

Of course this is just my opinion, and everyone is entitled to like whatever they want. For me though, it was simply a waste of $11 million.

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