Melancholia

Melancholia

Melancholia

Iconoclastic Danish director Lars von Trier follows up his controversial Antichrist with this sci-fi disaster drama, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland.

A disaster film, of sorts, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters coming to terms with the imminent death of the planet as a large foreign body takes up a collision course. Justine (Dunst) becomes melancholic and calm when Earth is threatened, meanwhile Claire (Gainsbourg) fears for her life.

Von Trier considers his previous films to have happy endings, and promises ominously that this will be the first with an unhappy one. 

Winner of Best Actress (Dunst) at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: M, contains offensive language & nudity 130 minsDenmark, Sweden, France, Germany, ItalyEnglish
DramaScience FictionThriller
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Reviews & comments

extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Lars von Trier's contradictory manner is strangely compelling; he has made some fine films over his long career. Not being what you would call a "commercial" film maker, the masses have unfortunately missed some of his crowning highlights. Though, with the digital age and the growing accessibility of the international film markets his works are now...

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Variety

Variety

press

The gentlest depiction of annihilation one could imagine.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Beginning and ending with a bang, but with too much whimpering in between, Melancholia is low-key Lars.

3.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Von Trier has never made a more realistic domestic drama.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Melancholia is incredibly eerie, and is lent an exciting frisson by the authenticity of an actress and filmmaker with first-hand experiences of psychological trauma.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This contemplation of the planet’s demise predictably provides not an ounce of comfort or redemption, nor does it offer characters or ideas with which to meaningfully engage, just ample opportunity to wallow in some rapturous images, glorious music and a foul mood.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A giant achievement.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking.

5.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Though it lacks the titanic emotion of von Trier’s best films, Melancholia makes it up in stomach-churning dread as the planet inches ever closer to Earth.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The gentlest depiction of annihilation one could imagine.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Beginning and ending with a bang, but with too much whimpering in between, Melancholia is low-key Lars.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Von Trier has never made a more realistic domestic drama.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Melancholia is incredibly eerie, and is lent an exciting frisson by the authenticity of an actress and filmmaker with first-hand experiences of psychological trauma.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This contemplation of the planet’s demise predictably provides not an ounce of comfort or redemption, nor does it offer characters or ideas with which to meaningfully engage, just ample opportunity to wallow in some rapturous images, glorious music and a foul mood.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A giant achievement.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Though it lacks the titanic emotion of von Trier’s best films, Melancholia makes it up in stomach-churning dread as the planet inches ever closer to Earth.

0

extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Lars von Trier's contradictory manner is strangely compelling; he has made some fine films over his long career. Not being what you would call a "commercial" film maker, the masses have unfortunately missed some of his crowning highlights. Though, with the digital age and the growing accessibility of the international film markets his works are now...

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