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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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Lars von Trier

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

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Drama | Horror

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Denmark | Germany | France | Sweden | Italy | Poland

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English

Release Date:

20 May 2009 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Anticristo See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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2.35 : 1
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Charlotte Gainsbourg wasn't the first choice for the main part. She has since played a leading role in each chapter of Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy". See more »

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He: What do you think is supposed to happen in the woods?
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Von Trier Masterclass
21 May 2009 | by reinholdfilmSee all my reviews

First I have to make a comment to cynibun from United States who wrote "And if you look at the previous reviewers they are from Denmark, where the director is from. Perhaps you have to be Danish to appreciate the horrific torture pornography, who knows??... Americans have more sense thankfully, and do not call everything art simply because the director is foreign." I have no idea why it should matter where the other reviewers are from. That has nothing to do with "Antichrist" as a film. Some like it and some don't, no matter what country they are from. If I don't like an American film I don't go out and bash on reviewers from America and then state that Danes have more sense - what's that all about? Sense of what? Personally I don't think it makes much sense making movies like "American Pie" or "Hannah Montana", but hey, they produce the films anyway - maybe because they have more sense. Hannah Montana makes a LOT of sense... And you don't have to come from Denmark to like "Antichrist" (though it is a very constructive statement), I'm guessing there is one or two people from Russia or Poland who likes the film also...

Back to Lars Von Trier and "Antichrist". First of all - I don't know why everybody keeps saying this film is a gore fest. "Uhhh it's so brutal, violent and extremely gory". What? Okay, there's more blood than in "Hannah Montana" but if "Antichrist" is a sick and gory film, I don't know what you would call films like "Ichi The Killer", Naked Blood", "Inside" and "Audition"? There is more blood/gore in "Se7en" than in "Antichrist" (or maybe the same amount), so I don't know what all the fuzz is about... Anyway... I loved the film!!! When I left the theater I didn't know quite what to think, but it grows and becomes better and better. It's a fantastic work of art, the cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle is amazing and the whole feel of the film is both beautiful and scary at the same time. Willem Dafoe is at his best in this one.

I guess you have to have an open mind when watching this. The film does not give any answers and is rich on symbolism - guess one could call it "experimental horror-drama". Lars Von Trier is back in his hypnotic visual style and mindfuc*ing storytelling, and this is where he is best! Not a film for the mainstream audiences, but I recommend it if you have an open mind and want something new and different, and have (almost) as much sense as Americans.


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