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Melancholia (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  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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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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Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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Release Date:

26 May 2011 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Melancolía  »

Box Office


$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Olga Kurylenko was considered to play the lead role. See more »


When Claire is putting Justine in the bed, Justine is placed in the bed asleep facing away from the door. In the next shot she is facing the door. Then away from the door, and again back to the door. She is asleep the entire time. See more »


[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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12 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I've never seen anything so painfully familiar. Every move of Justine, her every word echoes with the heartache of a melancholiac. And the inability of the others to understand this pain, their inability to feel it and understand - it only makes it more familiar to the ones drowning in this mute slow-motion everyday despair. After watching this movie I went home without saying a word, I sat down on my chair and sat there silently for about an hour. I like Lars von Trier, I liked his movies before, but this one was a headshot. In this one film Lars von Trier succeeded to show all the ultimate emptiness of the everyday rituals, the endless longing of a melancholiac and the unbearable helplessness of this condition - like a bulletproof glass cocoon around you, muting the sounds and making the colors dim. I vote "excellent", 'cause this film is closer to my heart than any other I've seen before.

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