|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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Amazing movieBy a customer , 24 Jul 2013Great movie. It tells you about depression from the sufferer view who has or had suffer from this terrible illness will certainly understand what it is all about. The way the movie mixes fiction with the reality it is truly amazing. It is worth watching if you would like to know more about melancholia and depression. They both can take lives away.
Improved as it progressedBy a customer , 20 Jul 2013Pretentious 'ooh this is art' first few minutes put me off as I have seen rather too many of those films that go nowhere and say nothing. Following the surreal cinematography introduction there was a rather depressing and dreary first half followed by a more depressing but slightly more interesting second half. I guess this film is intended to be a study of depression and nihilism and if I were a lot younger and hadn't already been exposed to so many other films and books that explore these subjects then I would probably have found it more worthwhile. There comes a point though where you watch a film like this and just think 'so what?' This is certainly not an enjoyable or exciting film but if you fancy wallowing in a bit of melancholia this film is aptly titled.
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European Art House at its best.By Perdurabo (60 reviews) from LONDON , 20 Jul 2013I nearly bought this film when it came out on DVD a year or so ago. I am glad I didn't as I have now had the opportunity to watch it here. I have noted some of the less flattering comments and cannot understand how anyone who loves films could find this anything other than a totally absorbing cinematic experience. Lars von Trier had excelled himself and Kirstin Dunst's portrayal of a woman in the throes of almost catatonic melancholia, perhaps the most disabling form of mood disorder that exists, is a veritable tour de force. This film will engage the attention of the serious viewer if only because resolution is kept until the very end. But I must confess it is not a film to provide the bang-bangs and frenetic action of modern commercial cinema. It is most likely to appeal to those who can recall Last Year at Marienbad, with nostalgic affection.
Colliding globesBy Glawsmole (2 reviews) , 19 Jul 2013A film about two giant globes colliding. But enough of Kirsten Dunst... Seriously a good film. Just don't be expecting a high octane disaster movie.
At times certainly not the easiest of films to watch-By a customer , 16 Jul 2013It is certainly sublime though in the true sense of the word. I particularly loved the use of the music from Tristan Isolde. At times did feel a little drawn out. Obviously it was bleak and depressing, but also quite profound in dealing with nihilism and futility