Antichrist (2009)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 67

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AKA: Anticristo
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Country: Denmark, Scandinavian Cinema, European Cinema
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:48:49
Genres: Sexual-Violence against Women, BDSM, Gore-Gruesome, Sexual-Violence against Men, Self-Harm, Family, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play an unnamed couple. She’s been working on some sort of a thesis on the concept of hatred towards women just because they are women (gynocide), while he’s a therapist, though it’s unclear whether he is practicing.

Anyway, while they’re busy fucking to glory one snowy night, their little son stumbles out of his crib through an open window and falls to his death. With time, the woman is not able to deal with her grief and the husband suggests he take over her care and get rid of all the medication she’s being fed. As part of his methodology, he decides that they head over to their cabin in a woody place called Eden, where she’d spent summer alone with her son.

While at Eden, she vacillates in bipolar fashion between being submissive and accusatory and soon, he realizes he is probably not equipped to handle her.

Thoughts on the Ending – Massive Spoilers:
Towards the end of Antichrist, she is shown to have actually seen her son walk towards the window while fucking, which she then chose to ignore. This coupled with the fact that she deliberately forced an abnormality on the kid’s foot indicts her. But this is probably untrue. Her having seen the kid seems to be something she has convinced herself about the events in hindsight.

Likely, her guilt over being in the throes of pleasure while her son fell to his death ravaged her so monstrously, suicide seemed an inadequate measly punishment. Instead, she probably drove him to rage deliberately, through her continued aggression and torture, to the point where he felt compelled to kill her. Her expressions when he finally rids himself of the grindstone suggests a certain peace over her impending murder at his hands.

The point with this movie though is that everyone has the right to a theory because even Director Lars von Trier has said he couldn’t explain the movie fully even if he wanted to, as he wrote it during a period of intense depression.

19 thoughts on “Antichrist (2009)

  • July 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm
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    Read Joe’s comment, and then mine.

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      • June 14, 2021 at 3:19 am
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        DaE liKe AdVeNtUrE tImE?!?

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  • August 4, 2020 at 12:15 am
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    I found this to be pretentious. It was like a pretend disturbing film for people who think they are being disturbed but are living too much in their heads to take a real punch to the gut. In that respect it was like a French movie. I felt the same way about this as I did about Martyrs.

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    • November 15, 2020 at 8:31 pm
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      Well, the director IS known to be pretentious.

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  • August 13, 2020 at 11:56 pm
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    I wonder if female circumcision is really how it is performed? Quite gruesome & sick! Thanks EUM for uploading this movie.

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  • August 24, 2020 at 12:50 pm
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    Slow start, quite boring and then suddenly it started to get my interest up and by the end of the movie I was thinking wtf. It totally mindfucked me trying to understand all the symbolism behind it. Whilst not very gory it had enough content to earn its place here at EUM. Willem Dafoe is a great actor and one of my favorites, have seen many of his films.

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    • August 18, 2021 at 2:38 am
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      Such an amazing movie – it gives me chills when I talk about it with others. The forest backdrop gives it this intense, vivid serenity and I also love the slow crescendo in plot.

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  • September 17, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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    It’s been a decade since I’ve seen this but there is a scene that disturbed me so much, I still frequently think about it and wince in pain. I’ve seen some intense movies (A Serbian Film, August Underground, Martyrs, to name a few) but this movie really got stuck in my brain. It’s a great movie though. CHAOS REIGNS.

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    • December 21, 2020 at 3:12 pm
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      Whittle doggie.. ‘Chaos REIGNS. I gotta say I think that part is so damn stupid.

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  • December 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm
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    That tick scene though

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  • February 9, 2021 at 9:20 pm
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    if they did shrooms this would have been way more fucked up

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  • February 12, 2021 at 4:52 pm
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    Another overrated, pretentious film. One good thing is that, it’s cinematographically-stunning.

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  • February 14, 2021 at 8:59 am
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    She looks so cozy in those sweaters

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  • March 13, 2021 at 8:51 pm
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    I wish I could tell you the end because that is my favorite part. Charlotte Gainsborough is really good in this (as well as many other films). I think this is one of Lars Van Trier’s top 5 movies.

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  • April 30, 2021 at 7:17 am
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    Hmmmmmmmmm

    Not sure about this at all .. certainly looks and sounds great but MY GOD… It trys waaaayyy to hard to be alternative and edgy. . It’s actually over bloated over produced utter pretentious garbage.

    I don’t understand what the director and producer wanted aside from making money on fans of true art like users of this amazing site ie us….

    They were so desperate to shock and stun us they actually totally forgot about story.. proper plot.. pace.. pathos … Drama…
    Watch the witch or sinister or summat

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  • June 13, 2021 at 4:18 am
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    When even the director cannot explain the writing. Chances are it’s all over the place.

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