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Iconoclastic Danish director Lars von Trier follows up his controversial Antichrist with this sci-fi disaster drama, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland.
A disaster film, of sorts, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters coming to terms with the imminent death of the planet as a large foreign body takes up a collision course. Justine (Dunst) becomes melancholic and calm when Earth is threatened, meanwhile Claire (Gainsbourg) fears for her life.
Von Trier considers his previous films to have happy endings, and promises ominously that this will be the first with an unhappy one.
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Udo Kier
Lars von Trier ('Antichrist', 'Dogville', 'Dancer in the Dark', 'Breaking the Waves')
Lars von Trier
Festivals & Awards
Winner of Best Actress (Dunst) at Cannes Film Festival 2011.
(M) contains offensive language & nudity | Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller | Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy | English | Official Website
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I love it!
i for some strange reason, loved this movie. I saw it at the movies and it brought this sense of melancholia over the whole crowd. So it must be pretty powerful. definitely recommend it for a moving night in.Reviewed by alicia
Yup, that'll do it. You have my aprpeciatoin.Reviewed by Ramazan
A.V. Club (USA)
Though it lacks the titanic emotion of von Trier’s best films, Melancholia makes it up in stomach-churning dread as the planet inches ever closer to Earth.Click to read full review.
Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)
Von Trier has never made a more realistic domestic drama.Click to read full review.
Audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking.Click to read full review.
Entertainment Weekly (USA)
A giant achievement.Click to read full review.
This contemplation of the planet’s demise predictably provides not an ounce of comfort or redemption, nor does it offer characters or ideas with which to meaningfully engage, just ample opportunity to wallow in some rapturous images, glorious music and a foul mood.Click to read full review.
Little White Lies (UK)
Melancholia is incredibly eerie, and is lent an exciting frisson by the authenticity of an actress and filmmaker with first-hand experiences of psychological trauma.Click to read full review.
Total Film (UK)
Beginning and ending with a bang, but with too much whimpering in between, Melancholia is low-key Lars.Click to read full review.
The gentlest depiction of annihilation one could imagine.Click to read full review.