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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 (Kirsten Dunst) 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 (Charlotte Gainsbourg), Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. Written by napierslogs

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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:

Melancholia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,174, 13 November 2011

Gross USA:

$3,030,848

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,946,321
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Penélope Cruz was originally cast in the lead role, but left this movie for a part in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). See more »

Goofs

Melancholia is said to have "hidden behind the sun", then turn "from black to blue". There are many reasons because of which a close-by celestial object can remain undetected for a long time, but this isn't one of them. An object coming out from behind the sun would have been in full solar light, bright and clearly visible to the naked eye at either dusk or dawn. 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 Midnight Movie Review: Film Top 10 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A serious, hard-to-watch, worthwhile movie
16 October 2011 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

This is not an easy movie to watch. It's tough from the very beginning - a prologue prequel with music by Wagner and an apocalyptic perspective. Any movie in which dead birds fall from the sky in the first three minutes is not going to be light and fluffy.

But this movie, about deep melancholia experienced by Justine (Kirstin Dunst), the principal character, and the melancholia of the potential end of life itself, is an artistic triumph. Great acting, great cinematography, great music. Even the sometimes puzzling plot - the post-prologue movie comes in two halves - is engrossing and pregnant with underlying meaning. The three principal characters all represent a point on the compass of human feelings: Depression, anxiety, and something resembling nice normalcy. How each deals with the apocalypse is a well-threaded effort.

While the movie is dark, it is by no means humorless. The wedding that occupies the first half of the movie has a great deal of fun alongside the depression.

Not a movie for everyone, and a bit too long, but if you watch it, stick with it. You may not want to see it twice but you could be glad you saw it once.


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