This film really highlighted how important trust is in a filmmaker. Von Trier’s latest tells the story of a married couple who struggle to deal with the loss of their child. The intro that shows how this happened is filmed in balletic black and white slow-mo that harkens back to The Fall. It’s a striking opening that sets the tone for the rest. Four chapters detailing a psychological drama that slowly turns into supernatural horror.
After watching this film I think I found out what has drawn me to Haneke as a writer and as a director. He’s restrained in his style and evasive in his content. He doesn’t give you all the answers. The motivations you have to figure out for yourself, and if you need closure you have to earn it as a viewer.
I had first seen this film years ago on an old bootleg video after seeking it out purely for its underground notoriety. My thoughts on it then (as an impressionable pre-Cinesthete) was that it was bizarre, creative, entertaining, and completely beyond my understanding.
Unlike Kitamura’s previous big hit, Versus, this film holds up well after the more than one viewing. Azumi is the story of a teenaged female assassin raised in the remote Japanese mountains during feudal times.
Halloween has just passed, but it isn’t too late to watch a crazy horror film. And if it’s crazy and gory you are looking for, you can’ go wrong with À l’intérieur (Inside), a brutal French pregnancy horror.