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Antichrist 

Directed by Lars Von Trier (Paradox)

By now, it’s highly likely that you’ve had at least one aspect of Lars Von Trier’s twisted parable Antichrist spoiled for you. And it’s true: the film’s moments of explicit sex, violence and absurdity (my favourite is the rotting, talking fox) could take up hours of discussion on their own. Still, a year after I first saw the film at the 2009 Atlantic Film Festival, it’s the tone of the film that lingers most: nihilistic, unhinged, obtuse and, at times, strangely, beautifully pastoral. And I remember Charlotte Gainsbourg’s remarkable performance as a grieving mother. She exudes a disquieting energy through her despair that makes the film’s final moments all the more bewildering.

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