Rated R · 135 minutes · 2011

Drama, Science fiction
The demented Lars von Trier makes his best film since Dancer in the Dark with the story of Justine (Kirsten Dunst), her sad wedding and the end of the world. Dunst deserves all of the accolades she has been receiving as the depressed new bride, who pretty much trashes any chance for a joyful union to her beau (an excellent Alexander Skarsgård) on their wedding night. Charlotte Gainsbourg (very good in von Trier’s Antichrist) is equally moving as Claire, Justine’s earnest and troubled sister. The family drama plays out as a mysterious planet threatens to collide with Earth. It’s a weird, wonderful movie that also stands as one of the year’s greater visual achievements. Kiefer Sutherland is excellent as John, Claire’s well-to-do husband who is quite confident everything will work out OK for planet Earth. Dunst could find herself in the heat of the Oscar race, although von Trier’s weird Nazi comments at Cannes could hamper her.
Official Site: www.melancholiathemovie.com/#_welcome
Director: Lars von Trier
Producer: Meta Foldager, Louise Vesth, Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Peter Garde
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier and Kiefer Sutherland




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Memphis Flyer Infinite Sadness Lars von Trier's latest is a mess - and maybe a masterpiece. by Addison Engelking 12/08/2011
NUVO Review: von Trier's 'Melancholia' Von Trier's oddly compelling gloom-a-thon may be about terribly depressed people on the eve of the apocalypse, but it's still a pleasure to watch. by Ed Johnson-Ott 11/16/2011
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Portland Mercury Sweet Oblivion Melancholia's romantic disaster. by Marjorie Skinner 12/01/2011
Arkansas Times Marriage and impending doom in 'Melancholia' The opening shots of "Melancholia" depict a tableau of surreal moments captured on and around the grounds of a grand estate and golf course — a mother clutching a child, a horse falling to rest, weather amok — while a blue-and-white marbled ball several times the size of Earth creeps up on our planet. As the operatic score rises and soars, the planet wanders closer and initiates a collision that sends our beloved continental plates flaking away into space like the hide of a pulverized M&M. by Sam Eifling 12/07/2011
East Bay Express Melancholia Lars von Trier's great depression. by Kelly Vance 11/16/2011
Charleston City Paper Depression, destruction, and selfishness play out in Melancholia In the first half of Melancholia, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) slowly but surely sabotages her own wedding reception, and you can't really blame her, because there is no one there who doesn't demand something from her or from the occasion. by Susan Cohen 12/07/2011
The Coast Halifax Dreamlike Melancholia beautiful, problematic Lars von Trier's Cannes award-winner has its moments by Molly Segal 11/17/2011
Indy Week To the end of the world with Lars von Trier in Melancholia Melancholia is a lingering, thorny, beautiful experience that makes our doomed planet and our fickle lives richer for the tiny amount of time we're here to appreciate them. by Nathan Gelgud 12/07/2011
Pittsburgh City Paper Melancholia Lars Von Trier's sci-fi psychodrama succeeds beautifully at making the complex simple by Harry Kloman 11/23/2011

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