GARY GRANT SALES DIRECTOR, DUBLIN
The film starts with a beautifully shot scene, ending in the death of a child. It’s an event over which the parents have no control, and from this point all control is lost. A descent into chaos follows, summed up in one scene by a self-cannibalising fox who says “chaos reigns”, and that’s what von Trier is trying to say. Some of the shooting is fantastic and scenes of nature are particularly beautiful, with many having a dream-like quality that really appealed.
I found the unrelenting nature of the film quite tough to deal with by times. It shocked me in some ways, but then I think it would be an odd person who didn’t find some elements of it shocking: a baby falling from a window, graphic genital mutilation and a complete mental break down.
I’ve seen a number of von Trier’s movies and overall would be a fan. While he clearly has the ability to shock, he also has the talent to make other types of movies, from the comedic to the political to something like this. He’s even made a musical. He’s a real talent if a little odd. I’m glad I saw it but it’s not a film I’d recommend. People who want to see this will know to go and see it.