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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Justine
... Claire
... Michael
... Tim
Cameron Spurr ... Leo
... Gaby
... Little Father
... Dexter
... Jack
... Wedding Planner
... John
James Cagnard ... Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko ... Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller ... Betty 1
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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Drama | Sci-Fi

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

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26 May 2011 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Melancolía  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lars von Trier said he got inspiration by the Nibiru Cataclysm, a possible encounter between Earth and a planetary object. An event also referenced in the Bible (Genesis 6:13), where God said to Noah: "I am going to put an end to all people, for the Earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the Earth." 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.195 (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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Powerful and meaningful if you've been there
13 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

There's a serious polarity in the reviews for this film,and I'm not surprised. If you've ever suffered depression this bleak movie will hit hard, and you'll pick up on all of the subtle messages it sends out. It's done so well it can't be anything other than achingly familiar. The despondency, and the frustration the sufferer feels at their own despondency, in particular, is well conveyed.

Unfortunately I think a large chunk of the people who've seen this film (and there aren't many who have, sadly) went to it expecting a slightly arty apocalypse movie. It's not a smarter Deep Impact. The (blue) planet Melancholia is just a metaphor for depression. Unrelenting and irresistible, Melancholia has the main character in its thrall.

For those who don't "get" this movie, no it's not a pretentious, pseudo intellectual flick. Rather it's a well crafted take on the fine detail of a subject matter that you have been fortunate enough to not have had to understand. Long may that be the case.


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