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Melancholia (2011)



Critic Consensus: Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.

Movie Info

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth... Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for some graphic nudity, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Lars von Trier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2012
Box Office: $2.9M
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


John Hurt
as Dexter
Udo Kier
as Wedding Planner
Jesper Christensen
as Little Father
Jim Cagnard
as Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko
as Michael's Mother
Erin Lee Sahlstrom
as Girl with Guitar
Christian Geisnæs
as Wedding Photographer
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News & Interviews for Melancholia

Critic Reviews for Melancholia

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (47)

Though far from Mr. von Trier's best, its power is still undeniable.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

This is the greatest movie ever made about depression, full stop.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

The journey von Trier has taken to this one immaculate moment has been bold to say the least, but at long last, he has revealed his full ability, and the result is his masterwork.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013

It's the little moments that annihilate us, every day, every normal day. Days that don't end, days when the end of the world is a comfort that the sick like Justine cannot afford.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

A strong central performance from Kirsten Dunst, this is one of the best Lars von Trier films yet made.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

Melancholia is not about the end of the world, but the end of a feeling: happiness.

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Audience Reviews for Melancholia

Lars von Trier continues to move through the realm of desolation after Antichrist with this profoundly sad film that shows how different people react in the face of depression and the impending doom. The cast is fantastic, especially Dunst and Gainsbourg, who are both exceptional.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A sprawling, if flawed, story concerning a woman (Kirsten Dunst) and her self-destruction at her own wedding, coupled with the seemingly imminent threat that a planet off in the distance, named Melancholia, will collide with earth in the near-future. There is a lot going on here despite the onslaught of depression, notably a lot of subtlety and careful reflection of one's life-span. In one sense, it is a frustrating film because it is so detached, but in another way, it keeps the ambiguity and curiosity at an all-time high. Some will find it boring and pretentious, and that's understandable, but I found it to be engrossing and a fascinating, character study on depression. As said, there are a few problems with it, but it is ambitious and thought-provoking, so for that, it gets a recommendation.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

The second instalment in Von Trier's Depression Trilogy is a real highpoint as the provocative director presents audiences with one of his true masterpieces. Kirsten Dunst pulls of her career defining performance as she flawlessly presents a central character who struggles with depression, which ultimately ruins the most important day in her life: the wedding day. To make matters worse, a planet called Melancholia heads towards the planet and doom is inevitably going to fall upon mankind.
Forget about any ideas of cities full of panicking people or over destructive natural hazards for which one person or family amazingly survives despite all odds. Here we focus on the emotional struggle Dunst has with her depression. Then there's Charlotte Gainsbourg, whose character attempts to both handle supporting her sister and the stress of knowing Earth will be destroyed.
'Melancholia' is a beautifully made film which left me both amazed and emotionally moved throughout every moment. Despite a few factors which may affect the attention of some viewers, they shouldn't get in the way with how much Von Trier does right.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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