Willem Dafoe
Director: Lars von Trier Cast: Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Lars von Trier

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This enormously controversial psychodrama-cum-horror film from Danish enfant terrible Lars von Trier charts the degeneration of a marriage into apocalyptic violence, chaos, and insanity following an unthinkable domestic tragedy. The film opens with a prologue. While they make love in their apartment on a snowy winter afternoon, a husband and wife known only as "He" and "She" (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) fail to keep an eye on their young toddler. In a horrific turn of events, the child wanders over to an open window, entranced by the snow cascading down, and falls two stories to his death. Von Trier then divides the remainder of the film into four chapters, beginning with "Grief." In that segment, the woman finishes a month's hospitalization, and accuses her husband of apathy over the child's death, but proceeds to take responsibility for it herself; he calmly and rationally guides her through this process. In the second segment, "Pain," she confesses to him that she's most terrified of their property in the forest, because she spent time with her son there over the preceding summer; as a form of therapy, he takes her to that locale on a wilderness retreat. She appears to grow more calm and rational over their first days in that milieu. Yet the recovery, it seems, was only illusory, and the subsequent two chapters, "Despair (Gynocide)" and "The Three Beggars," depict the woman's shocking and abrupt regression into unbridled insanity, culminating with grotesque sexual violence against herself, gruesome acts of destruction against her husband, and an apocalyptic climax.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
UPC: 0715515063517
Original Release: 2009
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 11,733

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willem Dafoe He
Charlotte Gainsbourg She

Technical Credits
Lars von Trier Director,Screenwriter
Kristian Eidnes Andersen Sound/Sound Designer
Madeleine Ekman Co-producer
Frauke Firl Costumes/Costume Designer
Meta Louise Foldager Producer
Peter Garde Executive Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen Executive Producer
Anders Thomas Jensen Screenwriter
Lars Jönsson Co-producer
Karl Juliusson Production Designer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Andrea Occhipinti Co-producer
Ole Ostergaard Co-producer
Tim Pannen Art Director
Anders Refn Editor
Malgorzata Szumowska Co-producer

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