Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flip Flop at Cannes?

Lars Von Trier's new movie Antichrist caused Roger to have some mixed feelings at Cannes. On the day that he saw it he came out with what seems to be a very negative review. He said, "Von Trier's film goes beyond malevolence into the monstrous. Never before have a man and woman inflicted more pain upon each other in a movie." He also said, " Von Trier is not so much making a film about violence as as making a film to inflict violence upon us, perhaps as a salutary experience." He continues, "This is the most despairing film I've ever have seen."
A day later he said, "In the first place, it's important to note that Antichrist is not a bad film. It is a powerfully-made film that contains material many audiences find repulsive or repulsive. The performances by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg are heroic and fearless. Von Trier's visual command is striking." he also said,"He has been brave and strong, and made a film that fully reflects the pain of his own feelings."
On the first day Antichrist came off as one of the worst movies ever made but on the second day it seems that Roger had changed his mind.
I think that what Roger went through is normal. I didn't von Trier's Breaking the Waves and Dogville when I first saw them. But as I reflected upon them they began to grow on me. Sometimes painful movies are best viewed with a more distant perspective. These aren't the kind of movies that stand up to repeated viewing for me, but they are interesting and meaningful.
I'm looking forward to seeing Antichrist, at least one time.