|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier|
|Director:||Lars Von Trier|
|Genres:||Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Collections:||All Star Casts, Exclusive!, Festival Favourites, January - Drama, Just Arrived, Love Hurts|
|Run time:||2 hours 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Jan 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Love Lars von Trier or hate him - and he makes it hard to love him some times - you would have to be blind to deny his virtuosity.
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Intelligent and painfulBy Snowboot (1 review) , 13 Feb 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]I can't believe how beautiful this movie was. Von Trier explores the nature of depression: the heaviness of being alive, the apocalyptic fear of loss, and the paradoxical desire for death. The first half of this movie explored the feeling of isolation that depression brings. Von Trier's sci-fi second half was a perfect mirror for this sensation: the knowledge that we're dying. After watching this movie, I felt certain that depression wasn't an emotional malfunction, but rather more a very understandable response to the finite nature of life. An incredible film that never felt the need to patronise its audience with an explanation.
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Complex, visual and melancholicBy FilmTrio (1 review) , 28 Nov 2013A really clever and unique take on an apocalyptic film. This is a clever story, well acted and well directed. I was not aware of the director before, but i am glad i have been introduced.
Not a bad film, just give it a fair chance!By two_of_us (11 reviews) , 02 Nov 2013We watched this film last night. I can see why some people didn't like it. We almost gave up on it halfway through ourselves but stuck with it until the end. I'm glad we did because the second half kind of explains what is going on in the first half. It is slow going and quite outrageous in places (you might even think pointless) but it did stay with us and made us think about life in general. Any film that has the power of doing that can not be a bad film! Give it a fair chance - but you have to watch it all the way through, otherwise it will be lost on you.
Stylish vision of the end of the worldBy a customer , 20 Oct 2013For me this film is about destruction; the destruction wrought by someone, the beautiful Justine, with a strong Personality Disorder (Narcississitic/Borderline/?) who can't help but destroy all the good things other people do for her and the possible destruction of the planet Earth in a couple of days as an enormous asteroid, Melancholia, crosses its path in a 'dance of death'. Will it hit us or will we be reprieved? Filmed often in a 'hand-held' 'amateur' style the film generates a strong sense of viewer invlolvement and a strong sense of identification with the characters; outrage at Justine's seemingly casual manipulation of and hurtfulness towards others, sympathy for her sister, Claire, who tries to support her as best she can and understanding for Claire's wealthy husband who provides the voice of anguished reason throughout the tale as events spiral downwards. Will anyone be saved? It is a very stylish film with wonderful images and quieter moments for reflection. If it makes us feel uncomfortable it might be that we feel that there just may be a little bit of Justine in all of us.
Now I'm feeling depressed! Watch "Take Shelter" instead.By loonylinney (89 reviews) , 20 Sep 2013I watched this film all the way through because I thought there must be a point to it. The first half, although visually stunning with a fantastic score, seemed to make no sense at all. It seems to be a study in mental illness rather than a sci-fi film. The second half, Claire's story, is marginally more exciting, but with no respite from the relentless overwhelming gloom of the film. I have eclectic taste, and wasn't expecting a sci-fi blockbuster, but this has got to be one of the most disappointing films I've seen recently. There's something lacking in the characters. A similar film which also deals with an apocolyptic theme, but which manages to succeed where this one fails is Take Shelter. I would highly recommend that film, but suggest you don't waste your time with this one.
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Incredible FilmBy VickiMihn (43 reviews) from Warrington , 02 Sep 2013Melancholia is Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama about a woman with severe depression. In part one, we see the wedding of Justine (Kirsten Dunst) to Michael (Alexander Skarsgard). She attempts to maintain a happy facade but really she is overwhelmed by the emptiness she feels. She tries to escape from her new husband and the wedding party as frequently as she can and ultimately ends up rejecting Michael's sexual advances and cheats on him. He leaves her. In part two, we see Justine's depression worsen which sees her looked after by her sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her husband, John (Keifer Sutherland). We also learn of a rogue planet, Melancholia that threatens to collide with the Earth, ending life. The film is visually stunning. The opening super slow motion shots of various characters and planetary imagery is stunning, particularly of the horse and Justine in her wedding dress. We see the shots of the planets colliding so that we aren't distracted by not knowing whether the world will actually end. I think this is a fantastic way for us to focus purely on the emotions of the characters which is what really makes the film. The score is also amazing. It seems almost unusual to see a properly scored modern film but the impact of the music adds to the beautiful visuals. The film is inspired by Von Trier's own experiences with depression. As a sufferer myself I can really relate to Justine. Kirsten Dunst's performance is amazing; one of the most accurate performances of the real effects and actions of a depressed person. It's really one of those films that you need to watch and experience, as mere words just won't have the same impact. I came across a review which I felt really summed up my viewing experience: 'For myself, all I could do was tremble. I knew that I loved the film and that I never wanted to see it again. I still havent, but then I dont need to. Just the memory of it feels like a scar, a scar to remind me of how wonderfully wounding cinema can be.' Amazing film that really hits very close to home for me.