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Complex and challenging Melancholic contemplation on severe depression and death,
This review is from: Melancholia [DVD] (DVD)
This is a difficult starkly beautiful meditation on melancholia (the old clinical picture rather than more modern conception of severe depression) and the inescapability of death. The wedding of Justine forms the first act as the planet Melancholia appears from behind the sun...a wonderful metaphor which anyone familiar with myth, alchemy and the works of Jung, Campbell and Hillman would appreciate...just as Justine's attempts to mask her illness and 'smile' at her wonderful wedding fail and lead to disintegration with caustic discontent and sabotage. The second act finds Justine being cared for by her sister and wealthy husband who presents a positivistic illision of hope as the planet moves nearer to earths orbit. The ending, with the suicide of the husband and the construction of the willow branches as the planet looms nearer is gripping and moving. A previous reviewer has commented that the lack of tv, radio broadcasts, other 'people' ect was bemusing. I think these facts added to the film and focused it rather than descending into stereotypical hollywood 'hysteria'. A powerful film with a powerful message about human fragility and the paralysing inescapable existential awareness of death and annihilation. Loved it :)
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 23:03:05 GMT
L. J. M. Humphries says:
Beautiful review, man. Couldn't have said it better.
Posted on 4 Feb 2012 19:21:02 GMT
Frank Messely says:
Yes, a very good review. MELANCHOLIA is simply overwhelming and unique.
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