D: Lars Von Trier
Nordisk Film/Zentropa/Arte France/Canal+/Film i Väst/Svenska Filminstitutet/Sveriges Television (Meta Louise Foldager)
Denmark/France/Germany/Italy/Poland/Sweden 🇩🇰🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹🇵🇱🇸🇪 2009
W: Lars Von Trier
DP: Anthony Dod Mantle
Ed: Anders Refn & Åsa Mossberg
Mus: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Willem Dafoe ("He"), Charlotte Gainsbourg ("She")
The first film of Lars Von Trier's "depression trilogy" (followed by Melancholia and Nymphomaniac) is an experimental art/horror film which will certainly not be for the palate of regular moviegoers.
Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play an unnamed married couple, mourning the loss of their child when they retreat to a cabin in the woods where their grief subsequently manifests itself as a sadomasochistic sexual relationship which becomes more and more violent.
Like all art films, there will be some who will think this is a masterpiece whilst others will find it pretentious and unpleasant.
I, personally, cannot give it more than the rating below as I did not enjoy watching it and would not recommend it to anyone, but I can't call it a bad film either. Like art itself, for every Mona Lisa, you also have Tracey Emin's Unmade Bed.
Award Wins & Nominations:
MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:
Nominations: 1 (Best Cinematography)
Bodil Awards (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design); Cannes Film Festival (Best Actress); European Film Awards (Best Cinematography); Roberts (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Special Effects); Sant Jordi Awards (Best Foreign Actress); Women Film Critics Circle (Hall Of Shame Award); Yoga Awards (Worst Foreign Film)