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imagemdma asked: Antichrist is easily, easily, Von Trier's worst film. From a narrative structure, to its meandering ideals and convoluted sense of self importance, its nothing more than an experiment gone awry (like Soderbergh with Bubble.
Europa, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Manderlay, and most importantly, Dogville, all tower above Anti-Christ.
I disagree completely. I think Antichrist is von Trier’s best work. I found it to be extremely different and interesting as well as its visual style to be von Trier’s most beautiful yet (and that includes Melancholia which is also a very beautiful film to watch). I never once found it meandering and I don’t see this sense of self importance you mention. I found what it had to say extremely important, a subject matter many films try to touch on but none so successfully and the entire structure of the film is a beautiful perversity of the creation myth of adam and eve (which I feel was pulled off wonderfully and very intelligently). I was extremely invested in the characters, interested in the film’s themes, shocked and drawn in by its visual beauty and found the more horror aspects of the film to be both exciting and extremely disturbing (I emphasis the word extremely). What more can you ask for from a film? In my opinion its a triumph of cinema but hey that’s just my opinion.
As much as I love the other von Trier films you mentioned, I like Antichrist the best. My least favorite work by him would be “The Boss of it All”, but even that was really good. I’ve yet to be disappointed by him, and I only have 3 films left. But hey, this is all just my personal opinion.
If you were hoping for a more analytical opinion of the film, I’m afraid its just too late at night for that. Also I just realized what you said isn’t really a question.
Without a doubt, one of the most controversial films of all time, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist’s is in my opinion a masterpiece. It’s my 10th Von Trier film, I finally saw it today and it totally blew my mind and shook me to the very core. It is simultaneously one of the most disgusting and disturbing films I’ve ever seen while at the same time being one of the most beautifully shot and intelligent films I’ve ever seen. The performances were ingenious and the concept was brilliant.
I know that a lot of the controversy surrounding the film deals with the fact that it’s considered to be highly misogynistic and I not only think it’s ignorant and lazy to label this particular film misogynistic, it’s also against the entire point of the film. The film doesn’t try to prove that women are inherently evil, I think the film deals with how relationships between men and woman can lead to the insanity that is inherent in BOTH sexes. The film is also obviously a perversity of the book of genesis and the creation myth of Adam and Eve.
Anyone who watched the film and hated it for moral reasons I’d suggest they watch it again with an open mind. Anyone who hated this film for its graphic violence then don’t watch it again. It’s probably just as bad as you remember it. Anyone who hasn’t seen the film I suggest you see it as soon as possible. Just know what you’re getting into. This film is not for the light hearted or the squeamish. Its darker than dark and takes you to a place you’ll not want to revisit soon. I mean you know you’re in for something special (and grotesque) when the words Lars von Trier and Horror film are used to describe one work of art.
I’d like to add here at the end that watching this film was similar to a religious experience. Its one of my new favorite movies of all time and in my opinion, Lars von Trier’s masterpiece. It has also heightened my appreciation for Mr. Von Trier significantly, despite the fact that it was already pretty high in the first place. It is a serene piece of disgusting yet beautiful cinema and art.
You rule Lars. Don’t ever change.
(btw I just watched his FIRST film “The Element of Crime” and despite some flaws I was extremely impressed)
I hope its depressing!
^(the joke is that every Lars von Trier movie is depressing!)