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It looks like Danish film director Lars von Trier is returning to the supernaturalism of his roots with his soon-to-be-released horror flick Antichrist.

A couple (played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsborough) go to a cabin in the woods to mourn and get over the death of their son. But, rather than finding bucolic bliss they instead discover that nature is indeed “the devil’s church” and soon become extremely reluctant parishioners.

It is an interesting turn for von Trier following the didactic duet of Dogville and Manderlay and the Dogme95 “Golden Heart Trilogy” of Breaking the Waves, The Idiots and Dancer in the Dark. A turn from these films, but a return to his earlier television mini-series The Kingdom (or Riget for the Danes). The Kingdom is set in the neurosurgical ward of a new Danish Hospital called The Kingdom, where patients and staff are subject to crazy physical and supernatural phenomenon. It was the first thing I saw of von Trier’s. Think Twin Peaks meets ER.

Von Trier isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it can be said that his movies always have a strong style to them. Going by the trailer, while the movie isn’t obviously Dogme95, it retains some of the shaky camera work and colour tone of those films. In fact, some of the shots look beautifully eerie, like something out of a Scandinavian pastoral.

Of course, the storyline has been done before. It’s looking to me like Kubrick’s The Shining meets The Blair Witch Project, with a bit of Sleepy Hollow thrown in for good measure. But, no doubt von Trier will treat us to a chilling, weird and stark sense of the Other.

Here’s the trailer.

» Antichrist: Official site


Written by Darren Smith

15 April 2009 at 3:25 am

Posted in film review

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