Seriously, where do people like Lars von Trier get those out of this world ideas, such as cutting your own genitals in a film! I recently saw von Trier's Antichrist on DVD, and as usual I was expecting something out of Lars von Trier's creative mind, and once again he did not disappoint me.

I have heard about the critiques of this film. Many have accused him of misogyny (the hatred of women). But just how did that happen?
Was it because the female character let their child fall out of the window so she could enjoy that heated moment with her husband? Was it because she put on the child's shoes the wrong way?
I think that there is more in the Antichrist film aside from all these let's call them "unusually disturbing" scenes. Yes, I want to call it that way because these scenes have made an impact on my artistic freedom perspective.

I have seen many of his films, and if you have seen some of von Trier's films, then it is quite easy to see how he portrays women as heroines.
Breaking the Waves, for example, Bess showed us how to love selflessly.
Selma's heartbreaking role in Dancer in the Dark.
And the trusting character of Grace in Dogville.
These women are heroines in their own right, and have in many ways showed us how amazing a woman's heart can be. I am not saying, though, that the Antichrist is about female heroism. For me, it was more of a journey into a woman's mind and inner feelings.

OK, let's face it, women are either seen as saints or bitches in literary fictions and films (to name a few). Both of these stereotypes were actually presented in the character of the woman, a mother, and a wife. Are women just trapped into choosing to become either a mother or a wife? Wouldn't this question qualify as one of the many themes of the film? I actually felt sorry for the character of the woman, because it seemed that she wanted to do something based on her understanding of the world, something that is "her way". Unfortunately, she was boxed-in in an absurd kind of world, and whatever she did was never allowed to have meaning.

I admire Lars von Trier's pursuit of pushing the possibilities of film-making and his various themes. Of course, there are very explicit violence in many of his films. But hey, isn't violence part of our everyday lives? Or would we rather not know how extreme violence can be.

Lars Von Trier also offers his viewers something personal something that is easy for us to relate to, and I guess that this is what most people who criticize him miss. I think that von Trier's films challenge us to understand circumstances beyond the usual. I don't say that many people are too insensitive to think out of the box, all I am saying is that we should see more than what is being presented to us. New ideas are a good sign of change, and this is what Lars von Trier is really good at.