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YMMV Tropes in the Film AntiChrist:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Even for a movie like this, the scene where a fox just randomly starts speaking, says "Chaos reigns" then leaves is really freaking weird. Seriously, what was that about?
  • Broken Base: Even those who liked Dogville are divided about Antichrist.
  • Critical Backlash: Because your mileage may vary.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: That talking fox.
  • Faux Symbolism: Many critics try really hard to read into the Christian symbols disseminated throughout the movie. This was arguably intentional on Trier's part, a way of peeling back the absurdity of finding meaning in a meaningless universe.
    "But there's no such constellation!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • William Defoe, who played He in this movie, voiced a rat in Fantastic Mr. Fox. Now consider which scene of Antichrist is the most well-known...
    • "♪What does the fox say?♪" "Chaos reigns", apparently.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: A rare Horror example, and starting right with the opening credits!
  • Jerkass Woobie: He and She.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Chaos reigns" has become a mild example.
  • Narm: The weird moment in which a fox says "Chaos reigns", while creepy to some, may be hilarious for others.
    • The entire opening sequence might be this for some, as well, thanks to it looking straight out of a pretentious art student film, complete with Deliberately Monochrome, slow motion, and opera music.
  • Nausea Fuel: She giving He a hand job. Doesn't sound so bad, you say? That's because we left out the part where She smashes his testicles with a brick, causing him to ejaculate blood. You can thank us later.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • Watch It for the Meme: If it weren't for that clip of the talking fox, many people wouldn't even know this movie existed. If you need proof, count how many times it's mentioned on this page alone.
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  • What an Idiot!: He convinces She to stop taking her medication and going to therapy, and instead tries to cure her depression and insanity despite having no education or training in psychology. To make matters worse, He takes her to a place far away from civilization, forces her to face her greatest fears, and brings up her insecurities and failings as a mother. What could possibly go wrong?


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