Melancholia

Melancholia

DVD - 2012
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In this beautifully filmed movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire , and brother-in-law John. A planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth and threatening to collide. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting and relationships are fraying as the family deals with their fears.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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BBRUTTIG
Jul 22, 2020

7-22. Beautifully filmed but VERY SLOW, dull & boring. You feel depressed throughout the entire movie.

As a plot and a movie, I.m.O....poor.

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Nursebob
Jul 04, 2020

No one does mental illness quite like Lars von Trier. In "Antichrist" he turned pathological grief into a freak show of genital mutilation and chatty zombie foxes and now with "Melancholia" he likens clinical depression to nothing less than the literal end of the world… Opening with an ostentatious slo-mo montage of images which pretty much encapsulate the entire film—the art director obviously influenced by the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and John Everett Millais—von Trier abruptly shifts into ice cold reality as Justine’s illness taints everyone’s happiness, including her own, and an approaching Melancholia casts its growing shadow across the land. Although the director confessed to having written the script while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, pretty par for course if you’re at all familiar with the works of von Trier, there is nevertheless a breathtaking flair to his visuals which owes a huge debt of gratitude to Tarkovsky’s "The Sacrifice": an elaborate sundial silently ticks off the minutes, nature reacts to the cosmic/psychological turmoil, and an encroaching darkness touches everyone in a different way: Justine’s paradoxical composure playing off her sister's mounting hysteria and brother-in-law's crushing nihilism. Definitely not for every taste but for anyone who’s ever had to deal with mental health issues either in themselves or in a significant other, von Trier’s objective scenes of doom and anxiety will definitely strike a subjective chord. And Dunst’s heartbreaking performance is pitch perfect right up to that final fantastical frame.

JCLMaggieS Mar 26, 2020

Nihilistic humor coupled with honest portrayals of dysfunctional families, depression, anxiety and male insecurity. When death to all mankind is certain and calculated expertise has failed, it is perhaps those admonished for their sensitivity that we may cling to at the end. A mind tortured by itself and its surroundings knows fear intimately–this is its strength. Ridicule, ostracism and doubt may harden a weak mind but a strong mind empathizes, manifesting what it really means to be brave. ~Stream online now @ Kanopy, in the JCL eLibrary~

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JudyJetson3000
May 22, 2019

The main character has Melancholia. Her life has been a desperate, unhappy one and it plays out in the first half of the film. It explains her feelings about the state of the world in the second half of the film: she doesn't care, is unimpressed. Her life, up to then, has been a train wreck, so why should she care that the physical world might be changed, in a big way, by another sort of Melancholia. The beginning of the film shows pages from art books on view in her sister's home library. They seem to correspond to scenes in the second half of the film. Kirsten Dunst is one fine actress and the sound track, taken from Wagner's: Tristan and Isolde, is profound. Kirsten's picture on the disc cover is a reference to Ophelia.

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Obsolete
May 19, 2019

Absolutely amazing, but truthfully, it would not be illogical to expect many people to hate it. Yet look to critics which you know have the patience to view the unusual. The same goes for any film goer. They will probably appreciate the way tension, and some sort of almost creepy horror spins like smoke under slowly flowing lifelines rides through this sort of wild headless horseman of sf, and drama.
The last time I saw this in theatre it was impressive. If you can, listen through a very decent sound system. The music is quite profound. Everything contributes to this feeling of doom. I laughed this time at the grim wedding. It's for certain money can't buy everything.
It's true, this and 2 other films were in response to a depressive episode experienced by the director. Nevertheless I do believe this is about the end of the world when redemption is lost and in spite of all the surrounding beauty, for this is a beautiful world, sadness is inescapable. We are only allowed to look and feel. And wait.

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LynJoan
Mar 09, 2019

I found the same as an earlier patron, watched for an hour and then I had to stop it to go do something and then wondered why it was that I should finish it. It was just contrived, sad, sick, unhealthy and a waste of time. The film maker obviously thought that they were brilliant and very clever. The film tried many techniques using an opening visual series which tried to be stunning, but it reality was slow and unconnected just as the film was.

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hammer59
Jan 20, 2019

Stunning! A true CLASSIC! Do not be influenced by the negative nay bobs panning this FILM.

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SouthsideSox
Jun 18, 2018

This movie is about a young woman with depression, her reactions on her wedding day because of her depressed state, and the impending destruction of earth by an asteroid called Melancholia.

I think the movie does a disservice to people with mental health issues.

Justine, the bride, is so obviously depressed, that the wedding should never have happened. Her current state must have been going on for a few months, and she should have been in treatment.

I understand that depression is a complex issue. For those who have someone in their lives that face this challenge, the movie makes it seem that the bride has no responsibility to seek help and her actions should be accepted by those who love her, especially the groom.

I believe that the faulty premise in the movie is the wedding. It is too large of an event to believe that someone so depressed as the bride would be getting married especially when the end of the world looms.

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tomdance
May 18, 2017

The first hour was so incoherent that we started fast forwarding then ultimately gave up on this dismal movie.

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amoby
May 05, 2017

Just start watching at part 2.

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jayceeno
Mar 22, 2012

This movie is slow paced and at times the actions of the main character seem to lack any motive. As things unfold it becomes somewhat clearer, but is still left up to the viewer to explain her actions.

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Brooke_Nicole
Jul 18, 2017

Other: Aside from the reasons this film is rated R, I believe that those with depression or at risk of relapsing into depression should not watch this, as the film evokes the feeling of depression very, very well.

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Monolith
Jun 23, 2012

Justine: "The Earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for it." Claire: "What?" Justine: "Nobody will miss it." Claire: "But where would Leo grow up?" Justine: "All I know is, life on Earth is evil." Claire: "There may be life somewhere else." Justine: "But there isn't." Claire: "How do you know?" Justine: "Because I know things." Claire: "Oh yes, you always imagined you did." Justine: "I know we're alone." Claire: "I don't think you know that at all." Justine: "...Six hundred and seventy eight. The bean lottery. Nobody guessed the amount of beans in the bottle." Claire: "No, that's right." Justine: "But I know. Six hundred and seventy eight." Claire: "Well, perhaps. But what does that prove?" Justine: "That I know things. And when I say we're alone, we're alone. Life is only on Earth, and not for long."

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