When I first saw this film, I hated it. It bothered me and honestly annoyed me. I found no redeeming qualities at all. But then I watched Lars Von Trier's newest film, "The House that Jack Built", and I then realized that his films are made to upset you. So I went back for 2nds with Antichrist.
Oh, man. Possible Trigger Warnings ahead.
When a couple is in the middle of making love one evening, their young child falls out of a window and dies. When the husband, Willem Dafoe, decides to bring her to the location of a haunted memory, all hell breaks loose.
The movie is full of nihilism and repeating patterns of nature's bleak brutality. We see lots of 'natural' violence like a baby bird falling from its nest and even genital mutilation. The wife constantly tries to rape her husband to avoid her feelings on painful memories, and there is a long series of domestic abuse that spirals out of control. But under the shock layer there's a serious quest for Nature's Heart and the resounding evidence that shows that man means nothing to Nature and it's surrounding universe.
This movie isn't for everyone and it's designed to disgust you. Reminds me of a Lynchian layer of Hell. I haven't stopped thinking of it for weeks.
'Antichrist' is currently streaming on The Criterion Channel.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra