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Melancholia (2011)

R | | Drama | 26 May 2011 (Denmark)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

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Little Father
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James Cagnard ...
Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko ...
Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller ...
Betty 1
Claire Miller ...
Betty 2
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On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for some graphic nudity,sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Melancolía  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$257,174 (USA) (11 November 2011)

Gross:

$3,029,870 (USA) (24 February 2012)
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Trivia

John is the only character who refers to the planet as "Melancholia." See more »

Goofs

When Melancholia rises in the evening, it is seen almost as a circle. The lower part is missing, thus indicating that Melancholia is lit from above which would make it day at the part of the Earth from which we are watching. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael: Sir. Eh...
[looking backward]
Michael: Yeah, you're good. You can back up a little more, if you want. I think you need the... I think you need that extra...
Justine: [laughing] I don't think he can hear you.
Michael: Sir. Sir, can you hear me up there?
[fiddling with controls]
Michael: Do you copy, sailor? He's in a different county, I think that's...
Justine: [laughing]
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.16 (2011) See more »

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IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
(Albert Hammond (as Hammond)/Mike Hazlewood (as Hazlewood)
© SCANDINAVIA SONGS ApS
(P) ZENTROPA MUSIC ApS
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Visually spectacular, beautifully acted, compelling dialogue, strong direction.
20 May 2011 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Trier takes us for a ride. It's a slow ride, taking in the beauty of the cinematography. It is at once a beautiful movie, while at the same time focusing on the absence of real love between the characters - and in the world. The movie hints at a correlation between the lack of love, and the threat of impending doom that's present throughout.

I speculate that every viewer will take something slightly different away from the picture, because the movie is designed to make you think about us humans and our behaviors toward each other, as well as enjoy the work of wonder that the movie is. What you end up with is dependent of what you take to the movie in the first place. Trier's movies are usually adept at making you feel. In this movie you are left to your own devices. There is no inherently good person to root or feel for. There is only the state of the world. And the future of the human kind. Can you be bothered to feel for us?

Truly Trier-esque (10/10).


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