Melancholia (2011)

Directed By – Lars von Trier

Screenplay By – Lars von Trier

Cinematography By – Manuel Alberto Claro

Starring Kirsten Dunst & Charlotte Gainsbourg

130 min.

As my first Lars von Trier movie I had no idea what to expect. What I got was a beautifully shot, methodic movie about two sisters who both deal with two different types of “melancholia”. Kirsten Dunst’s character, Justine, deals with the old fashion psychological disorder during her wedding night while her sister Claire, Charlotte Gainsbourg, deals with the hidden planet named “Melancholia” that is passing by Earth.

Melancholia is an incredibly interesting and thoughtful film but for my first viewing was just a tad too long and a tad too repetitive. The structure of the movie is unique being split up into two major segments based on the two sisters experiences with melancholia. The acting is great, the music is fantastic, and artistically it’s superb. It’s flaws come in length and story, but this movie is worth a watch. But maybe watch another von Trier before giving Melancholia a view.

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