It was described by its director as a horror film and contained several strong images which required consideration when it arrived at the BBFC in The film had caused a stir in Cannes where it was vilified by some critics and feted by others there were several press reports of walk outs during screenings. The distributors made no category request for the work, but it is clearly adult in theme and tone from the outset, including strong images of real sex, bloody violence, strong gory images, and a scene of self-mutilation. The strong real sex includes images of genital contact and unsimulated penetration shown in close up.
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Interview Magazine
Antichrist is a experimental psychological horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier and starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It tells the story of a couple who, after the death of their child, retreat to a cabin in the woods where the man experiences strange visions and the woman manifests increasingly violent sexual behaviour and sadomasochism. The narrative is divided into a prologue, four chapters and an epilogue. Written in while von Trier had been hospitalised due to a significant depressive episode , the film was largely influenced by his own struggles with depression and anxiety.
France blocks Lars von Trier's Antichrist for sex, violence
But in all seriousness, Cannes: banning Von Trier? Persona non grata for making some jokes yes, in very poor taste, but jokes still in the same year you had Mel Gibson over? The same Mel Gibson who made anti-semitic remarks, defended his father for denying the Holocaust and was recorded in a racist rant over the telephone?
Lars von Trier's film Antichrist has been banned from screens in France, seven years after its release, because it contains "extreme violence" and "unsimulated sex". The film, which stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, cannot be shown in cinemas, on TV or on video, until a new classification is awarded. Responding to a complaint by a Catholic traditionalist group, Promouvoir , the administrative appeals court ruled that the film included content that meant it should be banned to unders and not just to unders as its classification certificate had.