(2009) dir. Lars von Trier; 108min.
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Von Trier never makes the same film twice. Yet once he finds a new theatre for his stories – whether it’s the musical (Dancer in the Dark), the Brechtian morality play (Dogville, Manderlay) or, as here, the horror movie – familiar ideas come bubbling to the surface. He’s interested in the control of women by men. He’s interested in how power emerges, persists and perverts. He’s interested in how we, as an audience, process these ideas and the emotions they provoke. Discomfort, too, is a well-used weapon in his armoury. He likes to shock, and there are moments in Antichrist that threaten to mask the film’s serious side. In person, von Trier displays paradoxes that spill over into his work. He’s the reticent artist who thrives at Cannes press conferences. The loner who loves a crowd. The reclusive showman. No surprise, then, that the study of grief in Antichrist is quiet and sensitive, while some of the telling is loud and grandstanding. ~ Dave Calhoun