By Joe Martone

Posted August 16, 2012 in

Fri, Aug. 24-Sat Aug. 25

We should probably clarify that this isn’t the showing of some pro-Satanist movie, but that would arguably make more sense. Director Lars Von Trier is known for making films that are so far from the beaten path that the beaten path resembles a speck in the sky. His most recent film, Melancholia, was a story centered on depression expressed by having a “rogue planet” (totally, physically impossible by the way) crash into Earth. Yeah . . . he’s that kind of guy. But Antichrist is without a doubt considered his most controversial film, and that’s saying something. The imagery is beyond disturbing, unlike anything you’ve ever seen (unless you’re into that sort of thing), and honestly cannot be described in full here. The basic plot outline anyway? Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsborough play a nameless couple recovering from the loss of their child. They decide to escape everything by renting a cabin the woods . . . and then everything goes lucidly downhill from there. UC Riverside is showing this as part of a series of unconventional films, so if you’re a little sick of filler movies and endless sequels then something off the beaten path may be worth your while.

Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-5314. 7pm. $9.99.


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