Melancholia

2011

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

140
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 145094

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by desdenova 7 / 10

Goods and Bads

Von Trier mostly tackles issues related to the human condition and social norms rather than telling a straight forward story. He is more insightful and brave than most mainstream directors. Philosophical topics in the movie can be discussed in a much more thorough review.

This movie is very beautifully shot and Kirsten Dunst it outstanding. The purpose and some of the intents in the movie are well planned and deliberate. Yet they are not on the form of slaps to the audience's face. This makes the movie a better experience whereas the pretentiousness, benignity or meaninglessness of a person or a social act is put on display. Still the movie does not insult these acts or label these acts neither moral nor immoral.

People with conservative worldviews or moral values might find some parts repulsive. While more liberal audience can empathize. Thus makes the movie even more appealing. It is the type of the movie where everyone can find something to discuss on their terms of perception of the world.

Also there are scenes that are referencing literature and artwork which are in my opinion are more like bonuses rather than adding the narrative.

The problems with the movie in my opinion is the unnecessary anticlimactic parts that ruin the pace maybe deliberately but not for the positive. The depression aspect may have been reflected differently. It feels some parts are disconnected and may it be the filmmakers intent this creates boredom rather than the expression of depression or anxiety.

The film demands quite a lot from the audience and the pauses might be for the purpose of giving time to the audience. But some references are only apparent to an informed audience. In my opinion biblical references could either have been left out or expressed more understandably.

Some of the vagueness in the movie also makes me question the courage of the director. It is as if some points were not expressed as strongly as it could have been.

To briefly summarize this movie is about depression and anxiety but may it be because of a very a specific case or that I couldn't empathize completely due to the blanks in the narrative.

Some people resemble the movie to a symphony and I agree with the analogy. It is like a partly beautiful but not completely satisfying symphony.

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 10 / 10

An essay on depression

I really liked this movie. Lars von Trier managed to make art with this great film, which is basically an essay on two essential themes: selfishness and depression.

The story revolves around two very different sisters: Justine and Claire, and the film gives equal importance to both. The first half of the film focuses on Justine and her wedding party. Early on, Justine gives signs of not being well and gradually the party will prove a fiasco, due to the increasing apathy and disinterest of the bride. This is clearly due to an onset of depression, although we do not know what causes it. Maybe something that happened at work, given the anger with which she quits. Watch that she tries to talk about what ails her, addressing several people, but none is willing to listen to her. They are all too busy with themselves witch brings us the subject of selfishness. During the party, where the bride and groom should be the center and everyone should be happy, this does not really happen: the bride's father only cares about flirting, her mother shows anger because she's against marriages (perhaps because of her own divorce?), bride's boss only thinks about work and her brother-in-law only talks about money. Even the master of ceremonies can only complain all the time because the millimeter-planned party didn't go the way he wanted!

In the next half of the film, the protagonism is given to Claire, and it will be through her eyes that we will follow the events that surround a planet called "Melancholy", which will pass very close to Earth. I believe that this planet, deep down, is a metaphor for depression, which Justine embodied perfectly through her illness. Like that bluish planet, depression has a devastating effect on the affected person, it alters mood and personality. We should also look closely at the prologue of the film, which looks like a dream or a nightmare, and where everything is treated in a deeply artistic way, with excellent visual effects and a truly wise use of slow motion.

Kirsten Dunst was brilliant in this film, I think it was one of her best performances. Charlotte Gainsbourg was incredible in the role of Claire, who is the most human of the characters. She tries to help and comfort her sister, to be a good mother and a loving wife, but she also fears for her life in a situation of danger. Kiefer Sutherland is equally good, although his character is one of the most unpleasant. Stellan Skarsgård and his son, Alexander Skarsgård, also enter this film and do a good job. I know it's a little strange idea, but I think soundtrack was almost an additional character in this film, in particular the Opening of the opera "Tristan and Isolde", which acts as a true leitmotiv, an idea that would certainly please Wagner.

Two final words for the excellent CGI and visual effects created, as well as for good art direction, excellent sets and costumes and a good choice of shooting locations. Everything was thought in the smallest details, and this is very pleasant.

Reviewed by nayanarenu 8 / 10

Stunning visuals

What drew me to Melancholia were the stunning visuals but what kept me on what the wedding sequence. The dysfunctional dynamics of the key actors created a taut and highly tense ambiance that made me anticipate every next frame holding my breath. Unlike other movies, the impending doom of earth does not consume the characters from the onset and does not create cliché scenes. It was fascinating to see Melancholia grow from a speech of amusement and a conversation in passing to an eventuality that consumes their whole lives, much like how the planet grew in size as the day went by. The end of day scenes is unlike any I have seen before. Watch it if only for the visuals.

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