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Melancholia

2011

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Kirsten Dunst plays a bride whose lavish wedding descends into chaos as a new planet called Melancholia is getting dangerously close to Earth. Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard and John Hurt also star.

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Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Runtime:
2 hours, 15 minutes

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I've read some of the reviews here and I think a lot of people are looking at this film in a wrong perspective. The idea for the film originated during a therapy session Lars von Trier attended during treatments for his depression. The therapist told him that depressive people tend to act more calmly than others under heavy pressure, because they already expect bad things to happen. It's not about science fiction and it's not a disaster movie. It's a film that examines the human psyche during a disaster. The film is very subtle and yes slow at times but as someone whos struggled with severe depression I related to and understood Kirsten Dunst's character so much. We're dealing with such flawed and sad characters so the slow pace made sense. I would say this is more of a psychological drama than anything else. This film is so beautiful and the acting is superb.
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By Douglas King on October 17, 2011
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"Melancholia" may be the most accessible Lars Von Trier film I've ever seen. (However, for a director who often goes out of his way to alienate, repulse, and irritate his audience, that is not saying much.) "Melancholia" is beautifully shot and visually lovely to look at; gone is the difficult visual minimalism of films like "Dogville". Also gone is the gory brutality that is often part of Von Trier's films (especially his last film, "Antichrist".) "Melancholia" is a thoughtful, fascinating film told in two distinct, yet overlapping, parts.

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.
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"It's the terror of knowing what this world is about.....", David Bowie/Queen's song, "Under Pressure"........ The first time I tried to watch this film, I failed. I came back to it a few months later and I'm glad I did. I thought this was a movie about a bunch of rich spoiled folks...I was wrong.

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.
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Art films, even great ones, will always have their detractors ...with accusations of pretension & the like. I'm not going to insult anyone who didn't like Melancholia with the standard "go watch Transformers or the latest Sandler flick" attitude. That's why they make 31 flavors. Besides, I love a good popcorn movie as much as anyone. But I kinda feel bad for the bashers of this film in the same way I feel bad for those who don't enjoy Mozart along with their Nirvana. And this is an orchestral, majestic art-house masterpiece ...full of beauty, pain, immorality, love, lust, fear & a dash of sci-fi. What a departure from LvT's usual shock treatment. It stayed in my thoughts for days.

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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