Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, a meditation on depression and the end of the world, stars Kirsten Dunst as an emotionally troubled newlywed named Justine, whose sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) throws her a lavish wedding party. While her lack of emotional stability begins to take a toll on Justine's new marriage as well as the party -- and old wounds are exposed -- Claire's wealthy husband John (Kiefer Sutherland) also knows a great deal about a planet that is on a possible collision course with Earth, further muddying the waters. The second half of the movie focuses on Claire, who ends up taking her sister in after the marriage collapses, and also begins to fear that John is hiding apocalyptically bad news. John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling co-star. Melancholia screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Visually stunning with gorgeous music. Highly intellectual and almost completely devoid of emotional content. I suppose this mirrors many types of depression, but for me melancholia more often is accompanied by some emotions.
Intriguing story and development, but I needed to care just a little about ANY of the characters to feel like I was going on a journey from point A to point B. Ultimately, it felt like a narrowly missed opportunity that never got out of parking gear.
I liked Tree of Life, but hated this movie. It was slow - painfully slow - way too long, and completely stupid. If you want beautiful pictures, go to an art gallery. If you want great music, see a symphony. It was not intellectual - there wasn't even a plot. Even the music was repetitive and slow.
This movie, coming from Scandinavia, will not please all American audience. There is very little action, it's all introspection with an interesting shift of characters between Part 1 and Part 2, Justine and Claire, where the weak character becomes the strong one and vice versa. Very much in the line of Bergman and Bunuel. Also, beautiful music of Gustav Mahler throughout which really helps create and sustain the mood.