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The first part, "Justine", is a realistic, sad family drama which tells the story of a young bride who implodes on her wedding day. Just married to a handsome man, promoted by her boss, and treated to a lavish party by her rich brother-in-law, Justine has every reason to be happy. Except she's not. Behind her forced smile, she's hiding a dark depression. By the end of the night Justine's depression, along with the selfishness and dysfunction of those around her, cause her to destroy both her brand new marriage and her career, and spiral into a dramatic depressive breakdown. Von Trier seems to have a deep interest in female protagonists who are being crushed by the expectations of those around them. In films like "Breaking the Waves" and "Dancer in the Dark", the characters were treated to sordid and gruesome abuse, but in the first half of "Melancholia", Justine is a more or less ordinary person suffering in a more conventional and relatable way.
The second part of the film, "Claire", puts the focus on Justine's older sister. Claire is concerned about the reports in the news that a previously unknown planet, named Melancholia, will be passing close to the Earth's orbit.Read more ›
The main female character is getting married but there's a problem, she's neurotic and depressed. She hasn't really developed a good defensive lie of character like almost everyone else around her. Her soul is naked and she feels exposed and at the same time she sees through everyone else's lies and it is destroying her. She sees the horror of life in front and behind her and the terror of death before her. She sees it and feels it and can't stop these feelings or this pressure.......Everyone gives up on her except her sister.
When it looks like the whole world is going to be destroyed she handles it better than anyone else because she's lived with this terror all her life and now the suffering may come to an end......Maybe the underlying cause of depression is knowing what life is really about, without illusions and not being able to express it or understand it. Van Tier is definitely on to something here.....
This movie is not just a science fiction drama about the end of the world, it's about death and the lies that we tell ourselves everyday so that we can get to the end ........ It doesn't matter if the world ends with a bang or a whimper, it's coming.......get ready.
Lars Van Tier does his usual excellent work. Cinematography, acting, music all of it superb. One of the best movies I've ever seen.
Even if they didn't like it, I can't imagine a real movie lover not at least seeing the craftsmanship in this movie. I just can't take seriously any one-star reviews of this. I think those ratings are a backlash from the rather arrogant "go watch Transformers instead" type comments from the artsy crowd. So if you didn't get into this, that's cool. But the one-star "worst movie ever" reviews have zero cred.
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Another excellent movie from Lars Von Trier. Not an easy, happy ending story but a crude look at the human condition, our mortality as individuals and as whole living planet. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paul S Colorado
Love this movie, it is super strange but if you're in to artsy then you'll like it.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie is like one of those international flights that feels like it just won't end. Except that in this story, the full length "in-flight movie" is about a planet... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Peter
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this movie and (honestly) the only reason I watched it was because Alexander Skarsgard is in it...sorry not sorry. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lady Winchester
Visually spectacular. Creates a surrealistic and fascinating narrativePublished 1 month ago by Mary Ellen
Very deep movie. Need to watch it more than once. Could happenPublished 1 month ago by Joseph J. Stefan
Over done. It is art more than cinema. The mixed cinematography made me dizzy. Where the aesthetics may appeal to some I find that the story itself was tiring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Stern
5 stars for cinematography, but 1 for the plot. I think the whole movie serves as a metaphor for acceptance of the inevitable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lucretia Ratley