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Melancholia (2011)

R | | Drama | 26 May 2011 (Denmark)
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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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Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller ...
Betty 1
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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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Rated R for some graphic nudity,sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Melancolía  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$257,174 (USA) (11 November 2011)

Gross:

$3,029,870 (USA) (24 February 2012)
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Trivia

Lars von Trier cites Jean Genet's play "The Maids" as a source for elements of the story, adding that Penélope Cruz had originally suggested that he direct an adaptation of the play. See more »

Goofs

One cannot view the same constellation (Scorpius) at the same location in the celestial sky from late evening to early morning due to the Earth's rotation. See more »

Quotes

[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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AURA LEE
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(P) ZENTROPA MUSIC ApS
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I have never wished for a collision with another planet, until I watched this film
21 August 2013 | by (california, usa) – See all my reviews

When we think about the end of the world, we usually think about the things we have always wanted to do, but never got the chance to. In whatever way it is that we wish to live our last hours on earth, whether it be by going out with close friends and relatives, or doing the things you never thought you'd do, the feelings of impending doom are the driving force behind our decisions. There have been many films lately that seek a comedic twist to something of this level (which isn't a bad thing), but what Lars Von Trier does with Melancholia is give us a beautifully orchestrated vision about the beauty that comes with the destruction of our planet as well as very realistic and often somber interactions between the characters in this film. One can't help but be mesmerized and terrified by the magnitude of Melancholia and the attention to detail, the science (dear lord!) was easy to understand and though it wasn't the focal point of the film, it was enough to offer the audience an idea as to how something like that was possible. (I would be lying if I said it didn't make me weep.) The film is separated by chapters that focus on the two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and their lives before and after they found out about Melancholia. I believe that by taking the time to show us how the sisters were before the end of the world even became a possibility, we understand why they react the way they do to the news. Accepting what is to come instead of fearing it is what separates the sisters and the conversations/arguments that transpire speak a lot about the human condition and forces us to ask ourselves: What will I do with the time I have left? I watched this film about a month ago and I still think about it. It's captivating and absolutely worth your time.


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