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2011 2h 15m R
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier
Cast of Melancholia
Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Girl with Guitar
Where did Melancholia come from? It's best not to ask. The explanation for the planet's origins is so preposterous that veteran science-fiction writers everywhere must be rolling their eyes.
Von Trier has thought his conceit through, and his vision was thorough enough to attract a superb cast to join him on his one-way joyride to hell.
"Melancholia" is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression that is as likely to exasperate as many people as it moves.
Dallas Morning News
A severe and ecstatic work of art.
Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks.
Christian Science Monitor
Dunst gives a strong, hard-bitten performance even though she is playing an attitude rather than a character.
Melancholia floats in an air of supernatural malaise and tension, a melancholy mirrored in everything and everyone.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's a credit to the director's persistence of vision that he finds such eerie images to adorn this wispy tree of death. Like a newborn planet, "Melancholia" is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air.
Bizarre, sometimes tedious, occasionally amazing.
Melancholia is the best film of von Trier's storied career.
Philadelphia City Paper
A coolly fatalistic reconciliation that not only accepts but embraces Von Trier's mental illness.
A strangely apt visual representation of depression.
Film Comment Magazine
Von Trier creates a blackly comic delirium that is terrifying and completely exhilarating.
In Melancholia, von Trier has created a mission statement of a masterpiece, one that reminds us that nihilism itself can serve as a legitimate form of creation, a means as well as The End.
The end of the world, von Trier-style, is a middling thing as a film.
It's a planet that can't come soon enough for her, but one that I kept willing away. Not, I'm a little embarrassed to say, to save humanity from Melancholia, but simply to stay in this remarkable movie's presence just a little longer.
There's something about the solemn, gloomy, often overwhelmingly powerful experience of watching Melancholia. I'll give it this much: This is a hard movie to forget.
To my mind, Melancholia is both absorbing and absurd. It opens with a visual prologue that turns out to be a prcis of the film that is to follow.
The most composed and beautiful and conspicuously adult film of [von Trier's] career...
A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style, "Melancholia" takes themes that have marked the best films of 2011 and spins them into a blast of cosmic sparkle dust.
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