DVD: Antichrist (18)

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The critics are sure Antichrist is cocking a cinematic "V"-sign in their direction.

Von Trier has proclaimed the film was a means for him to cope with his depression – so the audience is figuring second best. Antichrist's story follows a well-to-do couple, played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, coming to terms with the death of their infant son in the film's opening moments. From then, it's all about the canvas, rather than the narrative: and a couple of eye-popping scenes, including clitoral mutilation. The whole thing is rendered in the kind of picturesque palate of colours that would make Peter Greenaway proud. Even so, it is a disturbingly whimsical look into the director's psyche, aimed principally at Von Trier himself.

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