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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It will change everything. 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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Gainsbourg appeared in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013). See more »

Goofs

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. However, the 19th Hole is what most bars at the end of a course is called and is typical of a lot of gold courses. It's not a literal "19th hole" ... just what the bar is named. The symbolism here being that humanity is at the end of the course. 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 Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (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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Regardless of strange flaws It totally worked for me!
31 May 2011 | by eskilmoehlSee all my reviews

First off, let there be no doubt Melancholia is an amazing movie, a one of a kind experience. But it's also a strange movie. Strange because some parts are just so much better than others. From divine touch of genius to actually really rather bad. There are parts that are so strikingly beautiful that you can not help being mesmerized, there's superb directing resulting in amazing, almost screen transcending acting (and this is from the girl from "Bring it on" mind you), and there are parts were sound and imagery merge with such impact that you get blown away. But then there are parts that feels just the opposite, some characters are portrayed surprisingly flat and their dialog and behavior seems contrived at best, almost like they never got beyond a crude first draft in the writing. The mother and the boss especially could have been watered down and integrated with more finesse IMO. It sounds like no biggie but it's such a stark contrast to the brilliance you find in other parts of the movie e.g. the subtle and tender portrayal of the groom and his love and affection for his troubled wife. Regardless and in spite of these rather prominent shortcomings I was sucked in from the mind blowing opening and my emotions were once again stripped bare and exposed at the signature killing blow finale. As before with Trier's films, I stumbled out of the theater, all numb and profoundly touched.


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