In this highly controversial psychodrama, a heartbroken couple grieving the loss of their child attempts to find peace and sanity in the relationship through a trip to their cabin in the woods. But nature reveals its dark roots as things begin to spiral downwards.
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I absolutely love Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe, which is why I gave this film a chance. However, it is one of the worst films I've ever seen and is atrociously ridiculous. Chaos does not reign, sorry.
One of the most fucked up films from Lars von Trier, I probably like it more than I should but Dafoe and Gainsbourg have such wonderful chemistry even when they're beating the shit out of each other or dismembering themselves. It's actually a beautiful film in a lot of ways.
The dedication to Tarkovsky makes sense in as much as "Eden" seems to be an inversion of Stalker & "the zone"; a sentient metaphysical space in which characters confront manifestations of their own private fears. In this instance, a couple marked by the loss of a child venture into a landscape capable of reading a person's psyche & projecting it against them. Where Tarkovsky was spiritual, Trier is existential.
I'm still not sure how I feel about this one. Its so unsettling but at the same time the imagery and cinematography fluctuate from gruesome to gorgeous. The story had a lot of potential but once the shock value of the 3rd act wore off the ending sort of left me cold. I'm glad I watched it but at the same time I don't think I ever need to see it again.
Stillborn in anti-Eden, set upon by carrion, holding court for a constellation of beggars; I'll tell myself they don't exist even as you lay me down on a crucifix of green. After the doldrums of Dogville and Manderlay, and the palette-cleanser of The Boss of it All, von Trier sprang back to the fashioning of visionary provocations with Anti-Christ, a swooningly beautiful advertisement for falling and falling and
Von Trier has never been my cup of tea, and here he is flexing his provocateur nature to the extreme. this vaguely reminded me of some psychosexual themes explored more succesfully by people like Bergman, Cronenberg or Zulawski, only that even the last two could rely a bit more on subtlety rather than plethoric violence. However a deceiving and demented film that provokes my guts and my curiosity is worth the time.
Saw on TV last night. Would have packed it in but my cat was missing & had to wait for him. So stuck it through to the end except for 10-15 minutes for a crap and the midnight news. I'd give the film 5/5 for pretentiousness, 5/5 for a particularly nasty 10 seconds, 5/5 for utter boredom for 90% of film, 5/5 for funny for one bit which was meant to be horrific & 1/5 overall. One of the WORST films Edna has EVER seen.
Von Trier's arcane commentary about the nature of women falls nothing short of graceful in the handling of his own pros and cons. I'm still trying to figure out whether he pulled it off or if his impulses finally got the best of him. As always, he gets terrific performances and visuals, now whether his material actually makes sense may be a matter of dispute. It's the closest he's gotten to be the western Oshima.