Melancholia (DVD)

Lars Von Trier

Melancholia (DVD)
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Melancholia (DVD)

Lars Von Trier

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth…

Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier.

Review

Melancholia is the most accessible film yet from self-styled provocateur Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist) and it’s likely to go down as his masterwork.

Like other recent stand-out releases The Tree of Life and Take Shelter, von Trier’s meditation on depression – in all of its guises – boldly contrasts the quotidian with the cosmic. Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg are sisters awaiting certain apocalypse when a rogue planet sets a collision course for Earth.

Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, Stellan and Alexander Skarsgård, and an impish John Hurt round out a stellar support cast.


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