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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Willem Dafoe
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directors
Lars von Trier
Screenwriters
Anders Thomas Jensen
Running Time
109 minutes

Antichrist
You may never forgive us for recommending it.


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Antichrist

Plot
After the accidental death of their child, a therapist (Dafoe) and his wife (Gainsbourg) — listed in the credits only as He and She — retreat to a cabin in the perhaps-haunted woods to recover. Eventually, they turn savagely on each other and bloody mayhem ensues.


Verdict
A star rating is not much help, since von Trier’s self-conscious arrogance is calculated to split audiences into extremist factions, but Antichrist delivers enough beauty, terror and wonder to qualify as the strangest and most original horror movie of the year.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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