I've seen a lot of filthy, x-rated material, so I wasn't terribly shocked with what I saw here, though I was impressed with what this movie accomplished. Von Trier managed to create a movie that's pornographic but also of artistic merit, and its inspiration from Andrei Tarkovski is rather noticeable (such as nature being a main theme, and main visual). Had to dock off a point because while the film was really solid, I felt the delivery of themes was a little too direct, and some of Charlotte Gainsbourg's acting was too hysterical in some scenes.
**** out of **** What is horror? Is it an exploitation of pop-out moments and blood? Is it a celebration of fear itself and whatever chooses to accompany it? Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" has shown me true fear in its most relentless state. That is why I mention such a thing. To call "Antichrist" a horror film is a bit of an understatement. Quite in fact, this not a horror film. It is frightening and savage, but never does it rely on jumps for either. … more
“It is a repulsive, perplexing piece of art” as described by the press notes of writer/director Lars Von Trier’s latest film “ANTICHRIST”. This would be the best way to describe this metaphysical journey as the film seems to have been made with the full intent to shock, sicken and dare the viewer to sit through the brutal acts of unreasonable violence and painstaking themes that taps into the depredation of the undone mind. This film is not for the squeamish … more
I have never heard of the work of Lars Von Trier and I have only ever heard mutterings, both positive and negative, of his skills as a director. I am afraid that I am going to lean towards the negatives and agree with the one claim of the director being pretentious. The movie is not a bad effort and actually provided quite a disturbing viewing experience whilst still maintaining my interest throughout. In the UK and, undoubtedly the rest of the world, this film has drawn massive controversy for … more