Antichrist ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

it knows the futility of recreating the pain of losing a child but its attempts at approximation are noble. grief is disorienting and can reduce us to our most nakedly primal. i’m mostly impressed by how it manages to tow the line between the almost paradoxic states of vulnerable and repellant. yet it’s disappointing to see it resort to such simple conclusions and juvenile metaphorical devices (a literal weight of burden is definitely a low point). plus, von trier’s idea of cinematic stylization looks like a perfume commercial.