Ever Heard Of The Depression Trilogy?

A series of three films by Lars von Trier dwelling on the main theme of depression.

The Depression trilogy movies by Lars von Trier

The Depression Trilogy is a series of three films produced by Hollywood filmmaker Lars von Trier. 

Why depression? You might ask.

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning more than four decades. His work is known for its genre and technical innovation, confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues, and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.

The Depression Trilogy

The Depression trilogy consists of Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2011), and Nymphomaniac (2013). The three films star Charlotte Gainsbourg and deal with characters who suffer depression or grief in different ways. This trilogy is said to represent the depression that Trier himself experiences.

In AntiChrist (2009), a grieving couple retreats to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. 

AntiChrist is horrific, depressing, and features really graphic, unsimulated sex scenes.

It stars Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm.

In Melancholia (2011), two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Although not as graphic as the other two movies in The Depression trilogy, this one is, indeed, depressing, too. 

It stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander skarsgard, and Kiefer Sutherland.

In Nymphomaniac (2013), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

This one ticks all the boxes of a graphic sex scene, with intense nudity, and a strong sense of depression oozing out from the characters, perhaps, unto the viewer.

There you have it. The Depression trilogy by Lars von Trier. Will you be watching?

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