Att frigöra (sig från) moderns begär: om Lars von Triers Antichrist
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This article is an analysis of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (2009). In spite of the line of the female character in the film, “Freud is dead”, I argue that the film is thoroughly congenial with psychoanalysis in its opening primal scene and in its dream-like aesthetics, turning the characters into representations of one consciousness that could be seen as the little son’s. As I see the film it is as much about a son dealing with the sexuality of his parents (looking much like murder) as about a man and a woman dealing with the loss of their son. Thus the opening scene in a remarkable way transforms the primal scene, the child witnessing his parents’coïtus, into something liberating, perhaps the son’s liberation from maternal desire. Based on Lacan’s understanding of Antigone, I argue that the film is a tragedy, situated in a universe “between two deaths”. Furthermore I show the film’s universe to be the baroque and allegorical universe of a nature radically separated from God and its “anti-christianism” to reside in its depiction of nature as unredeemed as well as in its turning upside down not only the myth of Christ, but also the myth of Oedipus.
|Tidsskrift||Divan.Tidsskrift för psykoanalys och kultur|
|Status||Udgivet - dec. 2010|
- Det Humanistiske Fakultet - Lars von Trier, psykoanalytisk filmanalyse , Urscene, dødsdrift, Jacques Lacan, tragedie, allegori