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ANTICHRIST

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ANTICHRIST

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 108m 34s

Release date 24/07/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong real sex, bloody violence and self-mutilation

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Lars Von Trier

Cast includes Willem Defoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 14/07/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ANTICHRIST is a drama in which a couple try to come to terms with the death of their young son.

Sex

The film contains brief images of explicit real sex (sight of a penis penetrating a vagina during a consensual sex scene and sight of the man's penis being masturbated to climax). The scenes illustrate the film's themes and the nature of the couple's relationship, and the purpose of the work - and the individual images in question - is not simply to arouse viewers but to illustrate characters, relationships and themes.

The film also contains scenes of strong simulated sex, including female masturbation.

Violence

There are two scenes showing violence towards genitals or genital mutilation. In one scene, the man's genitals are hit heavily (although this is not shown on screen), resulting in sight of blood in his semen when he ejaculates. In the other scene, the distraught woman cuts off her own clitoris using a pair of scissors. This act of self-mutilation is shown in close up, although the image is only on screen for a few seconds.

The film contains other examples of strong violence, including a scene in which the woman drills a hole through the man’s leg with a bit and brace before bolting a large grindstone to the injured limb.

Details

Title
ANTICHRIST
Year
2009
Distributor(s)
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
12/06/2009
Main language
English
Submitted run time
108m 34s
Approved footage
9771+1
BBFC reference
AFF260292
Registration number
CFJ19316

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