108 min., 2009
Written by Lars Von Trier
Directed by Lars Von Trier
My rating: ★★★★★
Good movie with great imagery
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The movie begins with a couple (who have no names), he (Willem Dafoe) and she (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who are having sex. Their son ends up getting out of his crib and makes his way to the window, and drops out. We cut to the man and woman walking behind the hearse, where she falls over. Next he is talking to her about confronting her grief and fears, and after some talking (and a bit more nudity), they end up at their cabin in the woods, called Eden. While there, he starts to help her, but strange things are uncovered.
Willem Dafoe is excellent in this role. Most of the time he seems to take the more unconventional roles (weirdos, crazies, and nut jobs), but this time he actually plays a pretty darn normal man, and he does it better than any of the roles he’s ever played before. Charlotte Gainsbourg does a great job as well. Her portrayal of true grief and suffering is just an awesome sight to be seen. You really do believe that she is going through everything that is shown on screen. Just great acting throughout.
Now the effects are really good, top notch in fact. All of the effects are done with a great amount of realism and are completely believable. You feel the pain every time one of them gets hurt. SPOILER—Especially when her cuts off her clitoris. It’s done so well, that most won’t believe what they just watched, and may even question if it was real. It really is done just that well.
The opening of the movie is just great. There is no dialogue, and is shot in black and white. The score is beautiful, strong when it needs to be and the rest of the time, it’s just subtle enough to help heighten the mood, but it never overpowers any of the scenes.
The movie as a whole is awesome. Everything, from the acting, effects and the camera angles/tricks is done with extreme precision. Nothing seems to be an accident, with the lulls being on purpose to throw you off, and the chaotic imagery to punch you in the gut when you least expect it. Top-notch movie that most won’t get or have the real patience to sit through the over the top imagery. But it is completely worth every second of watching.Have You Read...?