Thursday, April 16, 2009

Trauma von Trier

How immaculate a concept: A couple known only as "He" and "She" are whisked away to their isolated cabin known as "Eden" in order to struggle through their dismantling marriage. Will they find heaven in each other's company?

Did I mention this is a Lars von Trier movie? And it stars Willem Dafoe? And its title is Antichrist? Yes it's only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose, possibly of the literal kind, but I'd wager von Trier has a few devilish tricks up his sleeve.

Lars von Trier's Antichrist - Official Trailer from Zentropa on Vimeo.

As teaser trailers go it's a stunner. I'd sell my soul to see it -- if the release date weren't already set for late May (in Denmark mind you). Heaps of atmosphere, dread, and ambiguous posturing on religion, marriage and other sorts of psychological madness.

It's interesting then that von Trier considers himself a converted Catholic and has still managed to make films as confounding and conflicted as Breaking the Waves -- which would rattle anyone's cage, bible-thumper to blasphemer. Von Trier's pulling of the strings is so damn effective and so viciously orchestrated. Just like a religious experience, there's martyrdom, human frailty and baffling leaps of faith. Oddly enough I never fault in my belief that von Trier will deliver films to put me through the emotional wringer.

Which leads me to wonder what's in store for our latest female lead, Charlotte Gainsbourg? Will she be stoned by children and then sacrifice herself to a sinister seaman? Will she be executed with musical accompaniment? Will her friends smash her spirits and her Hummel figurines? Or will she just give birth to a screaming, half-formed Udo Kier?

Only the devil knows, and he's probably busy promoting his new film at Cannes.

1 comment:

Erin said...

"Only the devil knows, and he's probably busy promoting his new film at Cannes."

Hell yeah!