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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The blu-ray has numerous special features, including the making of the film, about the special effects, and visual style.
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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This seemed to me very much live an opera... the complex themes, the characters, the emotion, the music, the stagin, the denouement when everyone died...Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very unique and surreal film about the human psyche, it might be slow moving for some yet it is visually stunning and leaves you wondering about it for days afterwards. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alexander E. Clift
I like this movie but when looking back at it was a little dark.Published 17 months ago by Derek Stewart
When a movie director brings together Spider-Man's cheerleading girlfriend and professional counterterrorist Jack Bauer, one must apprehend possibly unforeseen consequences,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Norrin Radd
A superb movie, written and directed by a genius. Von Trier achieves the perfect marriage between visual effects, location and sparse dialogue in a deeply psychological and... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2013 by Doris Wrench Eisler
This is a deliberately paced, very interesting look into how a small family deals with the advent of world-wide catastrophe, and each other. Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by Ben Maxwell
Now if you ever decide to watch this,try not to take it too
seriously,for the simple reason that it would leave you depress
for a long time,[Kristen Dunst] i have to give... Read more
This is the stuff that will really rock New Jersey. Three stars. One Planet. Melancholia. Hell (or Heaven) yeah! It looks friendly. Yes. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2012 by Deborah
Lars von Trier himself has said that this film is about depression, which is part of his own personality. Read morePublished on June 22 2012 by Gary Fuhrman