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Antichrist 

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A darling of Cannes and other European film festivals, Lars von Trier is known for some unflinching and rather bleak films, including Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dogville (2003), both featuring brutality and sexual degradation of female leads with overtones of religious punishment and sacrifice. So consider yourself warned that the Danish filmmaker says his latest movie, Antichrist, was spawned while he suffered a bout of depression. The psychological horror film starts with the death of an infant and then digs into the torment of the parents (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) as they struggle with their culpability in the accident. They retreat to a cabin in the woods (referred to as "Eden") to confront their demons, but often find themselves isolated and exposed in a forest that becomes ever more unnatural. And if they are to find any redemption, von Trier isn't going to let them pay for it lightly. Or maybe this is just the beginning of their damnation. The film is not rated. Tickets $8, New Orleans Film Society members $6. — Will Coviello

Antichrist

10 p.m. Tuesday

Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St.; www.neworleansfilmfest.com

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