The fact that he showed me in public was his way of sharing what he felt for me. Two years after that, Charlotte was born. I think it is a great thing to feel so loved at that stage of life.
Her natural stillness translates well on to the screen; her elongated, asymmetric face seems always to be concealing as much as it reveals.
In Antichrist she once again plays an enigma, albeit one whose secrets Von Trier sends spilling out, in a violent rush, as the film builds to its bloody climax.
Nicole Kidman, who had fierce arguments with him on the set of Dogville, went further still, asking him: He is, whatever else you make of him, a true original; his films offer actors the chance to explore the kind of artistic borderlands that Hollywood fears to tread. Watch the review and clips from Antichrist Antichrist, which includes already infamous images of sexual mutilation, pushes the boundaries beyond anything Von Trier has done before. His initial lead actress, Eva Green, withdrew from the project after learning exactly what the role would entail, but Gainsbourg claims not to have been fazed by any of this.
In the months before taking the role, Gainsbourg — who lives in Paris with her partner, director Yvan Attal, and their two children Ben, 12, and Alice, six, — had been recovering from emergency brain surgery to remove a haematoma caused by a blow to the head in a water-skiing accident.
The operation had left her in a state of shock and she was desperate for something to distract her from it. Then, last summer, I read the Antichrist script and I just wanted to dive into it. It was probably more harmful for me to be in tears than to be naked. At the end of it Lars came up to me and said: In , she released her first album in 20 years, a critically acclaimed collaboration with Jarvis Cocker and Air called 5.
Now she is working on a follow-up with American musician Beck. But she insists that memories of her father still loom so large that even stepping up to a microphone remains traumatic. I think that, compared to that, I am a bit of a disappointment. Is that because she felt he understood her better than anyone?
My experience was that you were not in control: You were like a puppet for him; he pulled the strings. In that sense, he was like a film director.