Melancholia 2011

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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)

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Brenner on 6 Jan. 2014
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Impossible? Well, this is what Lars Von Trier achieves in "Melancholia"; the dogged adherence to social tradition explored by Thomas Vinterberg's drama is successfully blended with Tarkovsky's bleak existential contemplation of annihilation.

The glue that binds is melancholia or loss of purpose. Justine's deteriorating condition is disfunctional only within the regularities of a human sphere. However, as everything is placed under an ever-increasing threat from the approach of a rogue planet, her disconnection from normal social and emotional concerns becomes a strength rather than a weakness and indeed the only rational response to such a disaster. Justine makes one final gesture of reconciliation; she constructs of a "Magic Cave" to reassure her nephew and calm her, by now, hysterical sister. In doing so, she makes up for all the previous pain: when all Earthly life is about to end there is no time left to qualify our relationships.

In her depression, Justine believes the Earth is evil; others would project their fears on to the planet named after the title of the film. In truth, these worlds simply exist, journeying through space until a chance encounter destroys them both ... Von Trier's beautiful film reminds us the event would hold no significance without the value we attach to our relationships, our consciousness of nature in general, and thus to life itself.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Mabberley on 4 May 2013
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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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By St Denis on 14 Feb. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ambagreen on 15 Jun. 2014
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A beautiful film, I have just watched it for the third time and I am even more impressed and moved. It has so many levels I'm sure I will come back to it over and over. Great not to see the obligatory burning skyscrapers usually associated with such a subject.
I can't improve on other eloquent and educated recent reviews, but wanted to add my voice to the chorus of approval to encourage other members to give this masterpiece a try.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a saleh on 2 Mar. 2014
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This is a very unsettling portrayal of depression and mental isolation. The acting and writing are excellent and I haven't met anyone who hasn't responded strongly to it. The cinematography has remained in my memory as the most striking and touching imagery I think I have ever seen in a film - on a par with Ingmar Bergman's handling of these subjects. My favourite part of this film is the genius choice of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde as the soundtrack. This absolutely makes the film. Nothing else could communicate deep, almost unbearable, sadness and the surreal, disturbing sense of uncanny.
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About depression? Well, actually about Lars von Trier's version of depression, or more explicitly about his personal experience of depression, if we are to believe his public statements on the matter. He made it at a time when he was making a very public display of his personal depression, which is close to being a contradiction in terms. Not many depressives go public on the issue, and if they do, they do so in soft tones.

As one or two other reviewers have noticed, this is not like any depression that ordinary depressives live through. It is high-class depression, for the 'arrivé' people of the artistic world. This is a very sophisticated version, which will not seem familiar to ordinary people who are suffering from bereavement, or shortage of money, or unemployment, or any one of the myriad stimuli which might trigger a depressive phase. It is about luxuriating in depression.

I have long been a fan and admirer of Lars von Trier. But lately, he has simply gone over the top in my view. This film involves an awful lot of kitsch and cliché, for instance the opening scene in which the stretch limo gets stuck in the driveway, so often seen before, a very loud message, that even the rich can get stuck. Ha ha. This is followed by an impossibly expensive wedding, and, yes, unbelieveably, we are watching yet another film about poor little rich girls, one of the oldest of all Hollywood clichés... They are so rich that they have to become depressive.

Depression, in my view, is a theme which needs to be handled with tender loving care, with great attention to detail. Because it is an ailment which is potentially fatal, like cancer or AIDS. It is not a toy for the rich to play with, or an object for fanciful artwork.
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