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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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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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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 John throws Gaby's things out, he does so onto the middle of the steps, but when the house keeper comes out to take them they're on the right side of the steps. See more »

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[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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Visually spectacular, beautifully acted, compelling dialogue, strong direction.
20 May 2011 | by Michael NiebuhrSee all my reviews

Trier takes us for a ride. It's a slow ride, taking in the beauty of the cinematography. It is at once a beautiful movie, while at the same time focusing on the absence of real love between the characters - and in the world. The movie hints at a correlation between the lack of love, and the threat of impending doom that's present throughout.

I speculate that every viewer will take something slightly different away from the picture, because the movie is designed to make you think about us humans and our behaviors toward each other, as well as enjoy the work of wonder that the movie is. What you end up with is dependent of what you take to the movie in the first place. Trier's movies are usually adept at making you feel. In this movie you are left to your own devices. There is no inherently good person to root or feel for. There is only the state of the world. And the future of the human kind. Can you be bothered to feel for us?

Truly Trier-esque (10/10).


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