This flick is
Watch a couple (Willem Dafoe and Charolotte Gainsbourg) go through the grief process after their child tragically dies.
Except this is completely unlike any grief process I've ever imagined. Holy crap.
Disturbing on so many levels and hard to watch at some points. Apparently the writer/director was just 2 months out of the mental institution (for depression) when they started shooting.
Is it a good movie? For what it intends it is done very well - in acting, in sets, in cinematography, effects, heck the whole composition is outstanding. Some of the cuts mid-dialog are jarring, but that may have been a stylistic choice.
Seriously - if you can't handle visuals like in the Saw movie franchise or the Hostel franchise, don't watch this. Antichrist isn't gratuitously disturbing on a visual level like those movies except in a couple spots, but it is disturbing on deeper mental levels. And this movie is way better than the Saws and Hostels.
It just isn't a movie for a casual movie watcher. Not for children. Ever.
(original post 7 Jun 2010)
And if you do watch it, be prepared for some extreme cringe-worthy scenes that will haunt you the rest of your days. What was seen can't be unseen. Ever.