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.

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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 Site
R (for some graphic nudity, sexual content and language)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Kirsten Dunst
as Justine
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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"Melancholia" is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression that is as likely to exasperate as many people as it moves.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Arizona Republic
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Melancholia floats in an air of supernatural malaise and tension, a melancholy mirrored in everything and everyone.

Full Review… | November 28, 2011
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Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
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A severe and ecstatic work of art.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Dallas Morning News
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No moviemaker I know creates psychodramas so hard to watch and difficult to forget. If we esteem Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh and Samuel Beckett, Von Trier deserves our attention, too.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a credit to the director's persistence of vision that he finds such eerie images to adorn this wispy tree of death. Like a newborn planet, "Melancholia" is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.

Full Review… | November 20, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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