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Heartbreaking, mindblowing, overall unforgettable.
Have you ever felt understood by someone, just by looking into their eyes? The feeling is emotionally overwhelming but also very disturbing. That's the same feeling I got from watching MELANCHOLIA. Like someone (Lars Von Trier, in that case) just opened the core of my very soul and screamed it out loud.
The opening scene is, in itself a masterpiece. The images are so powerful and beautiful than it's painful. The slow motion movement mixed with the loud, intense classical music charms us again like it did in Antichrist. My own personal favorite is when Justine (Dunst) is trying to walk trough the gray yarn in her wedding dress. This is just so meaningful of everything her character has to face especially in part one; Justine.
I have to say this was atrociously painful yet comforting to watch. I just felt so close to Justine, to her reactions, to the way she tries so hard to handle things and fake happiness trough all life's endless stupid rituals. But she fails. Even tough she tries real hard, she can't fake her own happiness on a day most girls dream about; her wedding day.
The shaky camera-work, that is not always winning, was clearly a winner in MELANCHOLIA, it helped showing the instability of both the situation going on and the characters' mind.
In part two; Claire, Justine moves in with her sister Claire (Gainsbourg, who planned her wedding in the first half) and her family, who try to help her get better from the depression that's dragging her down more and more. But everyone have their own issues and Claire is actually terrified by a planet called melancholia, which is supposed to pass by earth in the next days. Her husband (Sutherland) keeps explaining to her that melancholia wont hit the earth, but she develops a sort of obsession with the idea.
Up to that point, the movie becomes so tense, you actually forget to breathe. The tension keeps going up to bring you to the final scene, which will leave you speechless. That final scene has to be one of the best, most worth watching in theaters one ever made. This was truly my most physical experience with a movie. My muscles went like water so I could not even stand from my seat. You have to experience it to understand. Don't miss that incredible chance.
A great movie with heart
When I saw this movie I was blown away by how genuine it was. I think it pictures perfectly how you feel as a teenage girl, and how you feel when you think you are different from everybody else. The symbolic use of the extra-terrestrial concept works very well for that. This movie explores many different things such as loss of someone you love, friendship, the relationship between a girl and her mother, the first kiss, the first love... The actors all did a good job, especially the girl who plays Aurélie (and that was her first real role so bravo:)!). I think every young girl can relate to this story and protagonist... actually every girl can, because they used to be teenagers and probably remember how that feels. If you have the chance to watch it, go for it! I bet you're gonna have some tears in you eyes at some parts.