Melancholia 2011

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(129) IMDb 7.1/10
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A beautiful movie about the end of the world.

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Dunst
Runtime:
2 hours 15 minutes

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Melancholia

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Dunst
Supporting actors Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsg?rd
Studio Artificial Eye
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film is in two parts, the first 'JUSTINE' which tells the tale of 'Justine' (Kirsten Dunst) and 'Michael's' (Alexander Skarsgard)
wedding reception at the home of sister 'Clair' (Charlotte Gainsboroug) and husband John's' (Kiefer Sutherland) home.
A lavish affair that is dampened by 'Justine's' apparent dis-interest in the expensive cellabration put together on her behalf.
Meanwhile the planet 'Melancholia' which has broken away from it's distant orbit is growing larger in the sky.
The second part is 'CLAIR' which tells the tale of the fall out following sister 'Justine's' wedding cellabration and husband's 'John's' fascination with the ever larger planet in the sky assuring his wife that the two planets will not collide.
Must admit this was one of the strangest films i've seen for for a long time, for me it shouldn't have worked, however the truth is i was totally pulled in....................strangely worth a spin.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By St Denis on 14 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
My favourite film in a very long time [probably since South Park the Movie]. Visually gorgeous, I have watched it on Blu-Ray but am desperate to see it in the cinema. Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling are impeccable. And it is hard to think of another film that coldly strips away our comforting distractions from death such as science, marriage, work, shopping - and indeed art and culture - but does it so beautifully. And with an ending that despite its complete rejection of hope or self-deception, still feels utterly human and real. A work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Harris on 11 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Where do you even begin with Lars von Trier? Exasperating? Enigmatic? Enthralling? Enraging? Or any other adjective beginning with "e" though having said that economical may not apply. So here we are again. Time to sit down and strap ourselves in.

Melancholia open with a sequence of evocative slow-motion dream-scape shots (woman carrying child sinking into a putting green, another woman pondering electricity sparking off her fingers, a bride marching across the screen with ropes attached to her dress - you know the usual stuff). This sequence culminates with the Earth being headbutted by another planet... the titular Melancholia. So, it's the end of the world and it's all downhill from there.

We switch to a wedding. A very posh wedding. Where we find Kirsten Dunst's Justine about to marry. However, all is not well. Familial relations are bordering on toxic and the nuptials unravel as Justine is dragged back into the depths of an apparently on-going depression. Her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) stoically tries to keep her sister's head above water. However, facing a vitriolic mother, lovable but loveless father and a (unt of a boss Justine resembles a knackered racehorse being whipped to make it across the finishing line (keep that metaphor stored away for when you watch the film).

So what do we have here. Strip aside Von Trier's mixture of art-house and realist technical fireworks and underneath you'll find a surprisingly human and humanist drama. Well drawn and, dare I say it recognisable characters, (believable is bit to much of a stretch for Von Trier) jostle for position and orbit Justine and Claire.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Mabberley on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
I feel sorry for two groups of people: those who have seen this film and don't appreciate it and those who have never seen it. Personally, I think this is one of the best films of the last few years and my favourite Lars von Trier film, nudging Dogville Dogville [DVD]into second place.

The film is beautiful to watch, intelligent, thought-provoking and a true original. I will probably wear out my copy soon as I can watch it over and over; there's always something new to discover and wonder at.

Unlike any other film you'll ever see and a paradigm shift from the director's other work.

If you don't appreciate it, perhaps you weren't the intended audience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Northern wit on 17 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Slip the shiny silver disc in to your player, sit back and enter the disturbed, nightmarish but ultimately strangely comforting world of Melancholia. Like other Lans Von Trier films, this story is centered on strong female characters. Charlotte Gainsbourg is utterly believable and empathetic but the performance of Kirsten Dunst is amazing and totaly absorbing. The male characters are at best weak buffoons or downright unpleasant. What does that mean? I don't know and and not always looking for a logical progression of events is perhaps key to enjoying this outstanding film.

The special effects are understated and life-like and with the lighting and cinematography build an alternative reality which at the same time is utterly real. Even the Wagenrian soundtrack which grated a little at the start is utterly right by The End.

I suppose I should look for something critical to say. Perhaps it is a little too long and perhaps the first part doesn't connect so well with the second. But that's nit picking. Melancholia is one of the best films I have seen in ages and some images will play forever in the private cinema of my head.
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