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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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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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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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The painting seen in the prologue is Pieter Breughel's Hunters in the Snow (1565). This painting also prominently features in Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972). Lars von Trier often stated Tarkovskiy greatly inspires him. He even dedicated his previous film, Antichrist (2009), to the Russian director. See more »

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John mentions numerous times that there are 18 holes on the golf course, but when Claire is rushing out with her son during the hail storm a flag is shown behind her with number 19. 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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FLY ME TO THE MOON
(Bart Howard (as B. Howard))
© THE RICHMOND ORGANIZATION
(HAMPSHIRE HOUSE PUBL. CORP./STANDARD MUSIC)
(P) ZENTROPA MUIS ApS
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Transform to Lars von Trier for 2 hours.
14 July 2011 | by (Armenia) – See all my reviews

''Melancholia'' - Lars von Trier's best work to date. The movie is about the nature of depression and how 2 sisters go through it. Kirsten Dunst (Justine) accepts her melancholia by the time a planet that was hiding behind the sun threatens to collide the Earth, while other sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg - Clair) is afraid to face the reality and her own personal emotions.

If you have any little doubt whether you want to watch this movie or not, you better don't, because this is not for everyone, and if you still want to see this then prepare yourself for what you're going to face. The movie is all about how Lars Von Trier sees the world, the people and the dearness between them. It's beautiful, it's real, it's disgusting, it's terrifying - it all depends on how you want to perceive this film. The opening and the ending scenes are mesmerizing! The music used in the film is taken from Wagner's ''Tristan and Isolde'' opera which fits the movie perfectly. Cinematography - amazes. Special effects, not for 3D, but are very realistic and breathtaking.

Kirsten Dunst gives us her best performance to date, forget the girl in Spider-man, this is a new level for her. She finally proves us how good she can be with the right movie choice. An Oscar nomination is on its way...

I'm not a fan of Lars and his movies, but this one had me at the edge of my seat to the last minute. 10/10


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