Melancholia - Review

APOCALYPSE WOW Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård, and Kiefer Sutherland in Melancholia

A movie masterpiece is hiding in plain sight of anyone with access to video on demand — a work of genius available well ahead of its theatrical release on Nov. 11: Melancholia(2011, R, 2 hrs., 15 mins.) is Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end. The title describes the mounting sadness and doom pressing down on Justine (an alabaster Kirsten Dunst, who deservedly took home a 2011 award at the Cannes Film Festival for her magnificent work), a mood-swinging bride on her wedding day. Justine is attended to by her protective sister, Claire (a soulful Charlotte Gainsbourg), and worried over by her bewildered groom (Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd). But in von Trier's imagined galaxy, â?¨ Melancholia is also the name of a planet that is hurtling on a catastrophic collision course with Earth on the very same day — a cosmic manifestation of that same crushing sadness, discovered through a telescope's eye by Claire's astronomer husband (Kiefer Sutherland). Read More...,,20518693,00.html


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