Saturday, February 13, 2016


The Gist: Justine, who suffers from severe depression, is getting married surrounded by friends and family. With help from her sister Claire, she tries to keep up with the general festive tone, but it's a struggle that she ultimately loses. Corollary to these events, a rogue runaway planet, named Melancholia, is on a collision course with Earth, threatening total annihilation, even though scientists are saying that it will not hit the planet.

Director Lars von Trier brings his peculiar and eccentric style to this drama with an underline of fantasy. The story might leave some wanting, but I ultimately found it touching and quite enjoyable.

Kirsten Dunst, far from one of my favorite actresses, is brilliant as the melancholy bride who finds peace and resolve when everyone around her falls into despair.

The Bottom Line: Melancholia might not be an easy movie to watch because of tone and rhythm, but if you give it a chance, I think you might like it.

Grade: 7

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