Aesthetics and depression in Lars von Trier's cinema

Carlos Ruiz Carmona, Marco Pereira Campos

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Depression in Lars von Trier’s cinema has been studied from a philosophical perspective, focusing on ethical and moral issues, and from a narrative point of view through a cultural and social contextualisation of the disease. This paper explores how von Trier represents depression through his filmic discourse. Is it possible to identify a specific stylistic pattern in his representation of depression? Is his treatment of the theme different in each film or has it remained consistent throughout his career? Can we assume that von Trier’s personal experience with depression informs his films’ aesthetics?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages15
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Lars von Trier
  • Art and depression
  • Cinema and aesthetics
  • Naturalism
  • Expressionism


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