I admire Lars Von Trier more for his pranks than his artistry, although I thought Dogville was pretty brilliant. Breaking the Waves, Dancing in the Dark, nope, not for me. Too much angst, too little catharsis.
Now, his new film Antichrist has riled up viewers at Cannes, and has divided critics into two camps (roughly, “What a genius!” and “What repulsive trash!”)
Here’s the storyline: A married couple goes into the woods to help the wife recover from the death of their child. Things get out of hand, ending in shocking violence and sexual mutilation.
How much would you pay to not have to see this movie? I don’t have much in my bank account but I’d be willing to empty it, if that’s what it took. Lars, I love you, don’t ever change, just don’t come near me with anything sharp.
Here’s the trailer if you’re up to it.