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Antichrist (2009)

 -  Drama  -  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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20 May 2009 (Denmark)  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$71,397 (USA) (23 October 2009)

Gross:

$397,070 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen revealed at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival that he originally wanted the film to be released in 3D. However, Lars von Trier disapproved of this. Also, the idea of making his next film, Melancholia (2011) in 3D, was immediately scrapped, although it seemed to be normal and obvious after the 3D boom upon the release of Avatar (2009). See more »

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

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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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DON'T call this pretentious. It's just legitimate ART!
3 November 2009 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

First, let me just say that although I consider Antichrist a 5 star film - I understand that it's not for everyone. It's pretty clear why most people would not enjoy it.

First of all, it is entirely a piece of art. Most people don't pick up movies hoping for what could be considered a painting which just happens to be moving, for an hour and 40 minutes. But, that's how I see this movie and I personally appreciate art films more than mindless "entertainment" (ala explosions, fast cars - and worst of all - characters who are seemingly unable to have conversations with any depth or personality in general). You have an open mind and a certain amount of depth to appreciate this movie.

Second, the amount of explicit sex and violence brings modern film to a new height... And based off of what you read about this movie, it's clear that MOST people cannot handle it (Hundreds walked out of the early film festival showings earlier this year). Understandably. I haven't had my hand over my mouth, fighting so hard to keep looking at the theater screen...probably in all my life.

I have NEVER seen such grotesque violence involving genitalia in a serious movie... only Troma movies and the like. We're talking straight up trash art. But this movie is anything but trash art - There are big brains behind it, insane theories and thoughts, and one of the most well acclaimed directors of our time in control of it all.

It pisses me off when so many people try to call the movie pretentious

  • since when is flat out getting creative and doing what you want to
do, and expressing things the way you feel them as a director... since when is that pretentious??? We need to appreciate the small amount of legit directors who are still making art films and getting them into theaters... Soon, actual personality in film will be extinct if the industry keeps heading in the direction it is...

Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg easily carry the entire film almost completely on their own. They don't have too much of a personality but it's because they're not supposed to - they are just vessels or bodies, representing the terrible emotions they are feeling as they try to recover from the grief felt by the death of their only child. Not only emotions... but even more so, they represent human nature and how it causes us to react to terrible things - and the fact that there is nothing we can do about it...

OK... I'm getting carried away already. I could go on and on.

Antichrist may genuinely be the darkest, most morbid film I have ever seen. It's definitely the most brutal. It's easily the most horrifying experience of the year. If you're smart, Antichrist will scar you.

The feeling of dread was unbearable. I haven't felt so effected in a long time.

Antichrist is completely worthy of it's name. It's pure evil. And I love it.


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