Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Antichrist

(2009) *****

I've found my star of 2010. That one film that disturbs me in that special way. The film I know I'll be mulling over for the next week or so. I'm writing this review immediately after viewing “Antichrist” hoping to convey the full impact this film had on me. Directed by Lars von Trier (The Kingdom, Dancer in the Dark) this intense film completely caught me off guard. I probably should have had a clue being a fan of his work but this is so much more, well, fucked up! The film is separated into 4 segments with a prologue and epilogue as well. The prologue set beautifully to Lascia ch'io pianga' is unsettling and poetic at the same time. It takes us through the tragic loss of a small child while the unaware parents(Willem Dafoe & Charlotte Gainsbourg) make love. The entire scene is played in slow motion prolonging the agony of the inevitable. Trying to deal with the excruciating grief, the couple retreat to a remote cabin in the woods to work on healing. I'm at a complete loss for words, what takes place in that cabin is a total mind fuck.

The surroundings are eerie and fantastical. The sex scenes are x-rated. As a matter of fact most of the film is pretty much x-rated. The camera work is so artistic, it feels like a dream. This is one of the reasons I love Lars von Trier, he really makes you feel like you are in another realm. But not in a futuristic or fantasy type realm. It's the same as this world just stranger and slightly off. This works so well for horror. There is also a certain sense of elegant realism as well. I know that sounds conflicting but it's there just the same. It's films like this that make me wish I had Jordan's flair for words.


I know this won't be a five star film for everyone but it struck a home run for me. It left me feeling disturbed and disjointed much like I felt after viewing “Martyrs”. When I finish watching a film and I feel like I am carrying the weight of it around on my head, that tells me it was something special. This did it for me and I think I might even be done for the night. Time to sit back and let my mind process what it just saw. Daaaaaaaaaaaamn.

12 comments:

JPX said...

Oooh, I've always wondered about this film. I remember thinking that the visuals looked great but I read very mixed reviews. Terrific summary, you've inspired me to check this out.

Landshark said...

Excellent. Not too often a relative unknown snags the coveted 5 stars! Ballsy, Catfreek.

DCD said...

I remember this as getting a range of reviews as well. Psyched that it was so good for, Cat!

Whirlygirl said...

I had forgotten about this one. I remember when me and JPX watched the trailer. I was struck by the aesthetics. I'm still not sure why we never watched it...I guess it was the mixed reviews.

I'm glad to hear it rocks, and I'm definitely watching this. I'm going to have to wait until the end of the month because I'm worried how this film will sit with me. Martyrs left me so distracted last year that it was hard to continue watching films.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Another great find Catfreeek! I had never even heard of this one before. Can't wait!

Landshark said...

Hey, on the 5 stars thing. It would be cool if we could have some sort of master list of movies that have gotten 5 star reviews over the years. Kind of a handy checklist to refer to when searching for stuff to check out.

Catfreeek said...

Great idea Landshark!

Whirly I swear as I was watching I thought, Whirly would love this.

50PageMcGee said...

say, come to think of it, this is the first 5 star review for a movie that hadn't been previously seen by the participant.

50PageMcGee said...

ah crap -- neither piranha 3, nor antichrist is out on dvd.

Catfreeek said...

I caught Anticrist on Netflix streaming.

AC said...

having trouble with my comments tonight... anyway, pleased you finally caught a great new one, catfreeek!

Octopunk said...

Awesome! Fantastic Horrorthon discovery!

I recall JPX posting a trailer for this forever ago. So cool to hear it's worthwhile (and better).