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Melancholia (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo) / Melancholia (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Bilingual)

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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two ends of the world told through two sisters April 29 2012
By Omnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Larger than life, deeper than hope? June 22 2012
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Lars von Trier himself has said that this film is about depression, which is part of his own personality. Those who are anxious to preserve an optimistic and "positive" outlook on life might be wise to avoid it. But then there are those more inclined to agree with Thoreau's remark: "Be it life or death, we crave only reality." And from that point of view, this film is a masterpiece.

It may seem odd to mention "reality" in connection with a story in which a science-fictional element plays a central part. In this film, "Melancholia" is not only an old-fashioned term for depression but also a planet (blue, of course) which has wandered into the solar system and, we are told, may or may not collide with Earth. In astrophysical terms, this is highly unlikely but not impossible. The main implausibility here is that nobody seems to have seen this planet coming years before, although it's much larger than Earth, because it was "behind the sun." But that's a relatively minor detail, not hard to suspend one's disbelief about. And that's worth doing, because the real focus of the story is the relationship between two sisters who respond in diametrically opposed ways to the situation presented by Melancholia.

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is the depressive sister, and the first half of the film deals with her struggle between a promising future (it's her wedding day) and the gravity that threatens to pull her into a black hole. Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is the more normal of the two. She sometimes hates her sister for spoiling the party, but also cares about Justine enough to recognize her condition as an illness and try to help her get over it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unconventional, beautiful, scary, and so much more...
Lars Von Trier definitely has a style of his own and Melancholia is the almost upbeat version that Antichrist was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholia
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Doris Wrench Eisler
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholia is definitely a must-have!
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Ben Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie...
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
Published 16 months ago by trek fan
3.0 out of 5 stars 678; Auntie Stillbreaker
This is the stuff that will really rock New Jersey. Three stars. One Planet. Melancholia. Hell (or Heaven) yeah! It looks friendly. Yes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, mesmerizing imagery...
Could be hard to watch for some. Don't expect much conventional storytelling or ending. Don't expect action. In fact, don't see this for entertainment in the usual sense. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2012 by nobody
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