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Melancholia (2011) Movie Information

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Lars von Trier


Kirsten Dunst
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Kiefer Sutherland
Charlotte Rampling
John Hurt
Alexander Skarsgård





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As a new planet appears and threatens to collide with earth, two sisters find their fractured relationship stretched to the breaking point. -- Chris Kavan

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Daniel Corleone 06/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Uninteresting characters, almost non-existent character development and nudity for no reason from a known artist spells disaster. You have two parts of the film about 2 sisters and a planet hitting the earth. You have artists whispering in dialogues, camera angles that bores you and a single location without any outside intervention despite the crisis that is occurring. This is a waste of time in all aspects, Melancholia is a sad film which shows troubled figures and a huge planet coming your way.

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Chris Kavan 06/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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As the title suggests, this is not a feel-good film - when your movie begins with the end (literally - the end of the world), you know you're in for something downright depressing. And so it is - I did think the characters were good, even if the movie was somewhat slow. Interesting concept - so-so delivery.

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Snoogans 04/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I wanted to like this film, but I had some of the same problems as I did with 'The Tree of Life'. It felt a little boring and self important at times and I never connected emotionally with the film, except that it literally made me depressed. That's not the experience I want out of a film. The slow and depressive state takes away from any theme or message the movie was possibly containing. As for positives, I will say that the film looks visually great and the performances are as good as you would expect. This is one film that will have a very narrow audience and an even smaller amount of appreciators.

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patjohnson76 04/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A very very heavy film that takes itself very very seriously. The one thing this film has going for it is a strong performance by Kirsten Dunst. The many things it doesn't have going for it are a plot that moves at a snail's pace, a lot of melancholy (hence the title) that at times becomes tiresome, and a too-long running time. The ending shot is pretty spectacular however.

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mitchellyoung 04/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Von Trier creatively creates a sense of foreboding and tragedy as he dissects questions of life and death. The problem is - the film's more inventive moments involving the Doomsday star Melancholia are encased in scenes of depressing tedium that tend to bog down the film's themes and impact. The ending still got me, but the film could have been a lot stronger.

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"Melancholia" by Yojimbo

Science fiction by its very nature is taking a scientific theory, extrapolating it into a fictional conceit and examining its impact on society and the human psyche; in this sense Melancholia is pure science fiction. But while most film makers (mentioning no names...) examine the impact of a bug-eyed monster invasion on the lives of American meat-heads with big guns, wise cracking computer nerds and Maxim cover girls, Lars Von Trier instead uses the idea of the apocalypse to examine the nature of anxiety and depression. The story is split into two parts; the first features Kirsten Dunst's newly wed suffering under the burden of crippling depression on her wedding night, the second featuring her sister whose fear for the life and welfare of her son escalates as Melancholia approaches. As w...

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