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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Studio: Seville Pictures
  • Release Date: March 13 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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.


Dans ce film-catastrophe, la relation de deux soeurs est mise à rude épreuve au même moment où une planète menace d'entrer en collision avec la Terre.

The always unpredictable Danish provocateur Lars von Trier follows up the Gothic horror of Antichrist with the apocalyptic psychodrama of Melancholia. In the first chapter, "Justine," Charlotte Gainsbourg, the grieving mother from his previous film, returns as Claire, the calm sister of Kirsten Dunst's tense newlywed, who unravels during her wedding reception at the fairy-tale-like estate of Claire and her husband, John (Kiefer Sutherland). Clad in a white silk gown, Justine is the picture of bridal perfection, but she keeps finding excuses to flee her devoted spouse (True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård), her imperious employer (Alexander's father, Stellan), and her fractious parents (Charlotte Rampling and John Hurt). Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is hurtling towards Earth. In the second chapter, "Claire," everyone, except for Justine and her sister's family, has left. John assures his wife that Melancholia will merely "fly by," except that it appears to be getting closer, looming over the horizon like a bad omen. As Claire sinks into a funk, Justine starts to emerge from hers, but what does anything matter if the world is about to end? The allusions to René Magritte and Alain Resnais lend Melancholia a visual grandeur missing from von Trier's recent films, but the fear and dread evoke Ingmar Bergman like never before, particularly Persona. If it isn't the masterpiece some have claimed, the director's strange creation will surely get under your skin, and the usually sunny Dunst, winner of the best actress award at Cannes, goes deeper and darker than ever before. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Omnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 29 2012
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Ever since Lars von Trier learned from his mother the truth about his origins, that the father who raised him wasn't his biological father, the Danish director has decided from that day forth to orientate his movies on a quest for honest storytelling and sincere emotions, something that his family always condemned. Starting from the Kingdom, then getting international recognition with Breaking the Waves all the way up to Antichrist, all of Lars' movies have worked on this quest for truth, but also on a mission to move viewers in ways that many would find either pleasant and enriching, or unpleasant and disagreeable.

And this is exactly what happens with Melancholia, as Lars once again confronts the Science-Fiction genre rules and stereotypes, and adds human psychology. Instead of conforting us with the usual end-of-the world story told through the eyes of the scientists, military and space agency who try to do everything they can to stop a fly-by from destroying Earth on the third or fourth of July, Lars has decided to show us this end of the world through two sisters, Claire and Justine, whose story happens in the United States, on the golf property of Claire's husband, John. While we hear excerpts, and see an excellent prologue, using the overture of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde under gorgeous visual effects.

Although Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst, who totally deserved her palm for Best actress, is considered the main star of the story, it is evident that Claire, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, is also the main star of Melancholia.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2012
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Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier crafts movies somewhat reflective of his own character, and experiences. In Antichrist [Blu-ray], a psychiatrist, and his wife, take a vacation, in the woods, and he has concerns that his wife's psychotherapy is not working, while both contend with an unthinkable loss. Lars struggles with depression have been well documented, as have his awkward comments about Nazism at the Cannes Film Festival, which have become a youtube phenomenon. Melancholia was crafted from a depressed state.

It's not difficult to see how personal experience emerges as art, in Melancholia, with depression being represented through a feminine lens mostly through the character Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst. The movie opens with a stunning five minute visual sequence with no dialogue, and a Wagnerian music soundtrack. As this happened, immediately I began to compare it to Tree of Life, although it's the antithetical, instead of creation, birth, and optimism we have a mood piece with destructive overtones.

As the movie begins we see snippets of a story unfolding in slow motion, snippets which will be developed later in the story, a woman in a wedding dress, a pretty face leeched of all energy, a horse unable to stand sinking in mud, and two planets about to collide.

When the movie proper begins we see a bride happy on her wedding day, at a castle in the country, with a 19 hole golf course.

As the evening dwindles down, her happy countenance diffuses, with self serving bitter cynical comments by her mother, played by Charlotte Rampling, directed at marriage. As someone prone to depression, she becomes assailed by lethargy and melancholy. Her sister, Claire played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, comforts her.
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By G. Edmonson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27 2014
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"Melancholia" (2011) is directed and written by Lars von Trier (Anti-Christ, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville). The movie is set in a timeless future on a wealthy estate during a wedding party just before the Earth is about to collide with the rogue planet called Melancholia. The film opens with a long slow motion sequence that depicts the "Dance of Death" of the two planets, and the principle characters in the film. The movie is then divided in two parts based on each of the two sisters: Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), as they deal with their difficulties and realizations about themselves, the people around them, and their bleak future. The film is a memorable and striking commentary about disenchantment with one's life, and facing one's imminent mortality.

The blu-ray has numerous special features, including the making of the film, about the special effects, and visual style.
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Lars Von Trier definitely has a style of his own and Melancholia is the almost upbeat version that Antichrist was... nevertheless, watching the film demands to be ready for more than a few very dramatic and under-played moments. Kirsten Dunst plays a highly different character than she'd ever played before... Chalotte Gainsbourg is her usual beautiful yet über-talented self, and Trier's story makes us live through these characters' stories, struggles, problems and their powerless witness of the world's end...

Make no mistake... if Malick's Tree of Life is the more optimistic of the two, Melancholia is by no means a weaker entry.. it's just different... VERY different...

Special features are quite unimpressive with only 5 featurettes that clock a disappointing 39 minutes. The B-Region blu-ray features a lot more, so if you wish to upgrade special features, avoid this edition at all costs.
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