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Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 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.

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writer:

Lars von Trier
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Willem Dafoe ... He
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... She
Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm ... Nic
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Storyline

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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Chaos reigns. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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According to Lars von Trier, he tried his best to make a horror film but did not succeed and the same happened to him before when he tried to make a musical and the result was Dancer in the Dark (2000). 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

She: A crying woman is a scheming woman.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies with Nameless Characters (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

'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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Grotesque but with purpose
3 May 2010 | by bpm_255See all my reviews

This movie is violent and very sexually graphic, bordering at times on artistic but hardcore pornography; but it isn't lurid for the sole purpose of scandal. "Gory" appropriately describes some sections of this film but the word by no means encapsulates it.

If one is willing to stomach the periodic revulsion of watching this movie from beginning to end with a thoughtful and mature perspective they will find that it is full of symbolism, foreshadowing, and the kind of characterization that brings great success to novels. Few movies, in fact, possess the level of depth that Antichrist does. The movie isn't packed with moral insight but that doesn't preclude it from being intellectually engaging and, as a consequence, genuinely entertaining. One will also realize that the violent and sexual content is never pure excess. The gory scenes, though sickening, are always important in some way to the main themes of the movie.

At several points during the course of this film I couldn't help but rewind it to watch a scene again, discuss it in greater depth with my friends, attempt to extricate the finer details that are present in abundance both at the surface and underneath.

To anybody that tries to berate this movie as the deranged product of excessively liberal foreigners I must point you to movies like Saw, which drew American crowds young and old for numerous sequels that were basically just series' of elaborate and gruesome torture scenes, sometimes clever but never much more than that.

There is more to Antichrist than meets the eye, and I highly recommend it to anybody looking for a horror/suspense film that engages more than just the reptilian parts of the brain.


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Language:

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Release Date:

20 May 2009 (Denmark) See more »

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Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,397, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:

$404,122

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,413,863
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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