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[[caption-width-right:350:[[AxCrazy "You're leaving me!"]]]]

->''"Chaos... reigns."''

''Antichrist'' is a 2009 {{horror}} film written and directed by Creator/LarsVonTrier. Imagine what a film co-directed by the Creator/StanleyKubrick who made ''Film/TheShining'', the Creator/DavidLynch who made ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' and the Creator/AndreiTarkovsky who made ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' could look like, and you're getting close to the idea.

The film centers around [[NoNameGiven "He" and "She"]] (Creator/WillemDafoe and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg, respectively) attempting to deal with the grief surrounding the death of their infant son. He, a psychologist, proposes exposure therapy at their cabin in the woods appropriately called [[RuleOfSymbolism "Eden"]], due to skepticism surrounding traditional medication-based treatment. Things go FromBadToWorse. Much, much worse...

The movie started a heated controversy during its premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, with most critics praising the film for its technological accomplishments, while bitterly divided over its merits or lack thereof. Many detractors accused the movie of being deeply misogynistic as well as artless {{Euroshlock}}. Not helping was Von Trier (facetiously, we hope) declaring himself the "best director in the world" and Gainsbourg winning Best Actress.

The film was the first of Von Trier's "depression" trilogy, followed by ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' and ''Film/{{Nymphomaniac}}''.

For the similarly-named trope, see TheAntichrist.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* ADateWithRosiePalms: Many times by She, [[spoiler:then used as torture on He.]]
* AgonyOfTheFeet: [[spoiler:While alone with Nick, She used to switch his shoes. This caused small deformations in his feet.]]
* AxCrazy: If She doesn't fit this trope as well as [[Film/TheShining Jack Torrance,]] then who can?
* BodyHorror
* BookEnds: Both the prologue and the conclusion are in black and white with no sound except for Händel's "Liascia ch'io pianga"
* CameraTricks
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The wrench under the porch.]] [[spoiler: The hole in the ground by the tree.]]
* CrapsackWorld: [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Even the acorns are miserable.]] And possibly vicious.
* DarkerAndEdgier: As ''TrashHumpers'' (which came out in the same year, oddly enough) was for HarmonyKorine is ''Antichrist'' for Lars Von Trier; a new dark-and-edgy low in an oeuvre already known for its morbidity. It set the tone for ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' and ''Film/{{Nymphomaniac}}'' after it.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The opening and closing sequences.
* DontGoInTheWoods
* DroneOfDread: The entire soundtrack -- minus Händel's "Liascia ch'io pianga" in the prologue and conclusion.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou
* TheFaceless: Apart from the two main protagonists, the few supporting cast members appearing have their faces deliberately blurred.
* FanDisservice: The only nudity in the film that actually appears sexy is in the first few minutes. The rest of it, such as She crying as she begs He to slap her during sex, then masturbating furiously in the woods when he refuses, isn't.
* FemaleMisogynist: She believes that women are evil and were tortured and killed in history because they were evil.
* GainaxEnding: After [[spoiler: killing She]], He goes away, and then he sees a multitude of faceless women going past him and towards Eden. What?
* GenreShift: Starts as a PsychologicalThriller, then progressively shifts to PsychologicalHorror.
* {{Gorn}}: A bit over-emphasized by the critics, there are actually only ''two short'' gore scenes, toward the end of the movie. That said, these two scenes are really, ''really'', '''[[BodyHorror really]]''' horrible.
* GroinAttack: And ''how''. In both the male and female equivalent, [[spoiler:and respectively inflicted and self-inflicted.]]
* HumansAreBastards: Then again, so is nature, apparently.
* InfantImmortality: {{Averted}} from the get-go. The death of the pair's young son is what begins the film.
* IntimatePsychotherapy: [{{Subverted}}.
* IfICantHaveYou: She panics when she thinks He is leaving her. [[spoiler: It gets very messy.]]
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The movie is dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky for a reason.
* LeFilmArtistique: According to the film's detractors.
* TheLostWoods
* MindScrew
* MinimalistCast
* NatureIsNotNice: Von Trier was inspired by a nature documentary which compared the animal kingdom to hell, among other influences.
* NoNameGiven: The main protagonists are never named, not even in the end credits, where they are just designated as "He" and "She". The only character named is their son Nick.
* NothingIsScarier
* ParentalNeglect: She accuses He of this. She is crazy. But She's possibly right.
* PrimalScene: {{Inverted}}. Nick didn't see his parents having sex, but She saw him [[spoiler:jumping from the window]].
** It may be an [[spoiler: intrusive false thought on her part, as a result of guilt]]. The film is highly ambiguous about this.
* PsychologicalHorror
* ReligiousHorror: {{Deconstructed}}.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: {{Double subverted}}. The crazy was originally regular research material for a dissertation about misogyny, but then [[HeWhoFightsMonsters She really began to believe that women are inherently evil.]]
* SanitySlippage: She completely loses it, after being confronted with the 'reversed shoes' incident.
* SnowMeansDeath: Nick is mesmerized by snowflakes before he falls out of the window.
* SurrealHorror
* ThematicSeries: Part of the "Depression" Trilogy along with ''Film/{{Nymphomaniac}}'' and ''Film/{{Melancholia}}''.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted in that He is a therapist. Things get out of hand anyway.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: {{Lampshaded}} and heavily {{played with}}.
* WorldOfSymbolism
* {{Yandere}}: She.
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