Lars von Trier’s multifaceted Antichrist is a breathtaking work of art with outstanding performances by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe. It is beautiful, fantastical and, occasionally, shockingly violent and explicit.
A central theme in the film is depression, which Von Trier was suffering from during writing and filming. Forever the provocateur, he confronts and shakes us more than any other serious filmmaker. We are in new and dangerous territory here but the rewards are well worth it.
You can find more information on this Danish-European (English-language) movie on Wikipedia and IMDb. Ignore the mediocre IMDb user rating; this is an excellent film. You just need an open mind and a strong stomach.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Lars von Trier
Screenplay: Lars von Trier
Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle
Editing: Anders Refn
Score: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
I found Antichrist disturbing and confusing.