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Melancholia (2011)

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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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Lars von Trier

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Lars von Trier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Justine
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Claire
Alexander Skarsgård ... Michael
Brady Corbet ... Tim
Cameron Spurr Cameron Spurr ... Leo
Charlotte Rampling ... Gaby
Jesper Christensen ... Little Father
John Hurt ... Dexter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jack
Udo Kier ... Wedding Planner
Kiefer Sutherland ... John
James Cagnard James Cagnard ... Michael's Father
Deborah Fronko Deborah Fronko ... Michael's Mother
Charlotta Miller Charlotta Miller ... Betty 1
Claire Miller Claire Miller ... Betty 2
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic nudity,sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2011 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Melancolía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DKK 958,848 (Denmark), 29 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$257,174, 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,029,870, 26 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kirsten Dunst and Lars von Trier share a birthday, April 30. See more »

Goofs

The planet Melancholia disrupts all electricity in and around the house, including the electrical systems in the cars in the driveway. However, Claire is able to jump in an electric golf cart and drive away with no problem. 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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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La Ninfa de MELANCOLÍA (2011) See more »

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Strangers in the Night
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Did what it was supposed to...
2 December 2012 | by mittnamn_albin-1See all my reviews

I will start off by saying that this movie had it's cool moments. I mean, the actual 'Melancholia' stuff was rather interesting. That and some pretty, in my opinion, accurate portrayals of how society on a more personal level would react to this sort of event made this movie worth sitting through. Once. Ever.

Other than that, this movie was so depressing it was painful. If I didn't know that there was something on a grander scale going on I would not sit through this whole thing. I saw in another review here how you might pick up on the details and appreciate this movie if you yourself have been depressed. I guess you could say I have been depressed at times, but that did not make this movie any better. It didn't use depression here to deal with anyones emotion and as a result, your own emotions suffered too. I literally felt physically ill watching this movie because it dragged up so much depression without offering any emotional development or progress. Everything was just depressing, all the time.

Well, when I think about it, there was some emotional development. People got more depressed over the course of the movie. It went from sad to mind blowingly dull in a short time.

I felt though that this movie conveyed the feeling that Lars von Trier wanted it to. I think it was successful in keeping with his idea. I only think it wasn't a good idea from the beginning. No amount of cool Melancholia stuff could salvage this movie after all that misery.


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