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ANTICHRIST

Denmark | 2009 | 108 min | dir: Lars von Trier

Starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg the film follows horror film conventions in telling the story of a couple who, after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods where the man experiences strange visions and the woman manifests increasingly violent sexual behaviour.

The narrative is divided into a prologue, four chapters and an epilogue. After premiering at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where Gainsbourg won the festival’s award for Best Actress, the film immediately caused controversy, with critics generally praising the film’s artistic execution but strongly divided regarding its substantive merit.

Other awards won by the film include the Robert Award for best Danish film, The Nordic Council Film Prize for best Nordic film and the European Film Award for best cinematography. The film is dedicated to the Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (1932–86).

Antichrist is a film that will likely baffle and enrage some filmgoers less for its violence as its utter disregard for the orthodoxies and pieties that govern contemporary cinema. Von Trier’s enemy is not conservatism as much as liberalism. His world reverberates with cries and sorrow. It is a place where the future will never mend the ailments of the present. It is inhabited by mutually - and eternally - destructive men and women.’

Review by Sukhdev Sandhu from The Telegraph.

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