Antichrist (2009)

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Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrom

Runtime: 108 min

A man (Willem Dafoe) and his wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) are devastated when their child dies after falling from an open window. The husband, also a therapist, is able, eventually, to move on. But the wife cannot get past her grief, and slowly starts to sink into madness. In an attempt to help her, the husband brings her to a cabin in the woods, where he will try to bring her back through psychotherapy. While here, though, the situation worsens.

There are many subgenres of horror out there: the slasher, the thriller, the sci-fi horror, the monster movie, the ghost story, etc. and then there is Lars Von Trier. Antichrist contains a wealth of elements from these genres, combining them in a fashion that is simultaneously frightening, beautiful, and sickening. There are some gorgeously arthouse shots here, such as in the opening slow-motion sequence while Handel’s Rinaldo plays in the background, or a dream-like scene of a woman on a bridge in the woods. But be warned: this movie will mess with your head.

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