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Melancholia (2011)

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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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Lars von Trier

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Lars von Trier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Justine
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Claire
Alexander Skarsgård ... Michael
Brady Corbet ... Tim
Cameron Spurr Cameron Spurr ... Leo
Charlotte Rampling ... Gaby
Jesper Christensen ... Little Father
John Hurt ... Dexter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jack
Udo Kier ... Wedding Planner
Kiefer Sutherland ... John
James Cagnard James Cagnard ... Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko Deborah Fronko ... Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller Charlotta Miller ... Betty 1
Claire Miller Claire Miller ... Betty 2
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Storyline

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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Enjoy it while it lasts See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2011 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Melancolía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DKK 958,848 (Denmark), 29 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,174, 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,029,870, 26 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stellan Skarsgård and Alexander Skarsgård are father and son. 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

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La Ninfa de MELANCOLÍA (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts from Tristan und Isolde
Music: Richard Wagner
Orchestra: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (as The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conductor: Richard Hein
Recorder: Jan Holzner
Solo cello: Henrik Dam Thomsen
Arrangements by Kristian Eidnes Andersen
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I have never wished for a collision with another planet, until I watched this film
21 August 2013 | by infinitesilence6See all my reviews

When we think about the end of the world, we usually think about the things we have always wanted to do, but never got the chance to. In whatever way it is that we wish to live our last hours on earth, whether it be by going out with close friends and relatives, or doing the things you never thought you'd do, the feelings of impending doom are the driving force behind our decisions. There have been many films lately that seek a comedic twist to something of this level (which isn't a bad thing), but what Lars Von Trier does with Melancholia is give us a beautifully orchestrated vision about the beauty that comes with the destruction of our planet as well as very realistic and often somber interactions between the characters in this film. One can't help but be mesmerized and terrified by the magnitude of Melancholia and the attention to detail, the science (dear lord!) was easy to understand and though it wasn't the focal point of the film, it was enough to offer the audience an idea as to how something like that was possible. (I would be lying if I said it didn't make me weep.) The film is separated by chapters that focus on the two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and their lives before and after they found out about Melancholia. I believe that by taking the time to show us how the sisters were before the end of the world even became a possibility, we understand why they react the way they do to the news. Accepting what is to come instead of fearing it is what separates the sisters and the conversations/arguments that transpire speak a lot about the human condition and forces us to ask ourselves: What will I do with the time I have left? I watched this film about a month ago and I still think about it. It's captivating and absolutely worth your time.


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