Antichrist (Denmark, 2009)

“Nature is Satan’s church.” Directed by Lars von Trier (Zentropa, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville), this controversial and award-winning horror film is a phantasmagoric depiction of two parents’ grief-stricken reactions to the accidental death of their child. Antichrist has only two characters – He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg, who won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for the role), and is divided into six chapters: Prologue, Grief, Pain, Despair, The Three Beggars, and Epilogue. As the film begins, a couple makes love while their son accidentally falls to his death. When She appears incapable of overcoming her grief, He decides to take her to a cabin in a place called Eden and administer psychotherapy himself. What commences is a series of increasingly violent and sexually graphic scenes, in which He and She encounter a natural world rendered horrific and surreal, overlaid with a mysterious and sometimes appalling symbolism. Synopsis Authors: Tracey Sedinger and Zach Rae

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