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31 July 2009


directed by Lars Von Trier

Watching a Lars Von Trier film is in itself a small act of madness, whether you know it or not. The genius behind The Five Obstructions and Breaking the Waves sinks his hooks into you slowly and deeply in this three hour, virtually setless drama set in 1920’s small town America. If you’re looking to just passively watch a foreign film so that you can chat up some cute hipster at the next party you attend, this is not the film for you. By the end of it, you feel as though your own moral compass has been skewed somehow, and trust me, the indignant revulsion that follows is natural. “Screw you, Lars! I just wanted to watch a cool art film to expand my cinematic vocab, and now you have me participating in this perversion you call a film. I hate you Lars Von Trier, I hate you!”
I’m sorry, Lars, I didn’t mean it. I love you. And for you kids out there with your ‘I heart Lars’ black t-shirts and your partner choice for if you played a character in Dear Wendy, then be sure to keep an eye out for Von Trier’s newest anxiety maker, Antichrist. This film is apparently so shocking and polarizing that it was booed out of Cannes. If that’s not good press, then I don’t know what is.

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