This chaos of sex, violence and madness is, literally, very dark. The shaky camera picks up on white faces and naked limbs flying about in unlit rooms. As in last year’s Melancholia, von Trier gifts us with a beautiful, slow-motion opening that foregrounds all that is to come with one tragic event. The rest is a retreat back to nature with Charlotte Gainsbourg elevating this controversial work into the realms of incendiary genius.
Like: We Need to Talk About Grief, Pain and Despair. And let’s have The Shining for dessert
Core truth: “Nature is Satan’s church”