"Lars von Trier balances risque imagery with a powerful story!"
"Visually compelling film that is a must-see for film enthusiasts!"
Woww! Lars went in on this one! This film has got to be one of the most controversial titles we've reviewed on the site, thus far. "AntiChrist" is a story about a man and a woman, coping with grief, that find a deeper level of intimacy than either of them could have ever imagined. This film is edgy, powerful and loaded with enough C-4 to take out the Brooklyn Bridge! Let's Unhinge....
If you're not familiar with mental health, one of the first things you learn as a therapist is to maintain professional boundaries at all times. Sounds easy enough right? Don't get emotionally attached to your client. Don't give them money or trade favors. All for the sake of maintaining a therapeutic rapport. But, what if that patient is the woman you love?
Do you bend the rules just because you know her deepest fears and concerns? Well, the short answer is, NO! You can't treat her, it's not even an option. One would be too emotionally invested and have a skewed bias throughout her treatment. It's unproductive and it will only make things worse.
Well, it's too bad that "He"(Dafoe) didn't refer to his therapist manual before deciding to undertake his wife's treatment. What's the reason that she, "Her"(Gainsbourg) is in treatment? Well, let's just say that they both suffered an incredible loss that any parent wouldn't want to experience..ever. Bad thing about it is, is that it's something that could have been prevented, if only they had been paying attention. You'll know what their reasons are at the opening of the film(epic intro).
So, as the film widens, the plot thickens and "He" is beginning to help his wife peel back the layers of her psyche to explore the muck beneath. Initially, it seems harmless and productive, but as he digs deeper, the darkness prevails. His wife, "Her" is more twisted mentally than a corkscrew and easily more unstable than a one-legged chair. This is his wife and "He" loves "Her".
One would say that she loves him as well, but differently than most. You see, "Her" love is dark, sexually charged and very much neurotic. She has more secrets in her closet than "He" can bear to hear and just even catching a whisper of her depths could cost him his life! Now, this is the point where most of us would refer "Her" to another professional, but "He" pushes further.
And push further and farther he does...
Even while learning that everything he thought about his wife is but a mere breeze in the wind. A passing moment if you will because the woman he thought he knew never existed and the woman he found within "Her" is a fear no man should ever know.
"AntiChrist" is one of those films that will leave you counting your blessings and everything else in between. Lars von Trier wrote and directed this intriguing film and it has won many awards throughout the world of film for it's fearless delivery of an intimate story.
This film isn't for the squeamish or even those under the age of 18, but if you're a true fan of "Real" film, you can appreciate this title. It's edgy, erotic and it holds some of the most striking images that you will ever see in a film production. Lars is definitely one of those director/writers that believes in crafting the perfect film and it shows in his work. Kudos, Lars...Kudos...
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