watch it again...if you still don't get it, watch it again. repeat until you understand film...
Never thought I would love such a disturbing and misogynous film... but strangely I did. The opening sequence with Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga is a masterpiece. "Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte, e che sospiri la libertà. Il duolo infranga queste ritorte de' miei martiri sol per pietà."
Unlike the mawkish Breaking the Waves, Antichrist is not sexist because misogyny is the subject it explores. Man/Defoe desires control and fears what he cannot understand because he cannot control it. Because von Trier struggles creating characters, the first 2/3 bores. But then his unprocessed madness takes over, his actors (happily!) lose their minds, "Man" loses control, and the movie becomes crazily comic.
Like watching a very miserable person paint a picture of wretchedness. At a certain point, I just stopped caring.
I fucking loved this film. Its a total masterpiece. One of the best films I've ever seen.
Am I missing something? Or did this movie ACTUALLY just make a case for women being intrinsically evil? What peice of crap.
Von Trier works great for me. If you like to be shocked and defied it will work for you.
Pretentious, misogynistic, and down right boring for the majority of the film. The only thing worth while is the cinematography.
Truly a movie about the unspoken tensions and silent wars fought between men and women manifested in what appears to be a simple but clever horror story. The strength, other than the graphic nature, is the concentrate of gender dynamics which everything else is drawn from.
Isolated in this forest where they are abandoned to themselves, the exposure to latent fears that the principle would be therapeutic method, the situation leads to unexpected paths, and again for that matter, is not controllable. It is the nature we are presented by Von Trier. There that what is worst in man appears. Not only in nature external to it, but that which constitutes the human.