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: Los Angeles : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD Melancholia 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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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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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

Some beautiful slow-film sequences, such as "horse falling over"...Other than that, this is some of the worst crap I've ever seen, almost as bad as this director's other pretentious garbage.
I have never enjoyed stories about rich white trash, but this movie's characters are all exceptionally horrible, empty people who I can't relate to on any level. I'd rather watch a movie about ants. The best part is when everyone dies.

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Tanyabooks
Dec 17, 2015

RT Critics Consensus: Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.

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Janice21383
Aug 25, 2015

For some confused reason, many people think Melancholia is a science fiction film. In fact, it is a cleverly constructed film about depression, and coping with the meaning, or lack of meaning, of life. A planet hits the Earth, sure, but the second half of the film might almost as well have been about the end of the elder sister's marriage. Anyone who has been clinically depressed will recognize the desire to fit in, the frantic acting out, and the leaden weight of expectations at events where one is "supposed" to be happy. He may also recognize the cheerful, refreshing competence in bad times, when one is "supposed" to be sad. Truly, it takes all kinds to make a world, but the route Melancholia takes to get to that conclusion is unnerving.

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natasha_h
Aug 17, 2015

A haunting and slow-paced yet dramatic film that does an effective job of drawing you into the mood from which it gets its title, however in the end it was difficult to watch. If you liked this film, or really WANTED to like this film, I would recommend watching Another Earth.

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Kagamusha
Jun 24, 2015

Very pretty. Very slow. Beautiful & Plodding. Way long to put up with all the mumbling. So I fast forwarded with a couple of stops and didn't feel like I missed anything. Might be good in an altered state with the Volume turned way up.

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StopHarperNow
Jan 21, 2015

This movie is worth watching. It opens with the most epic train wreck of a wedding reception which spirals into a vortex of hopelessness and despair. You will be mystified throughout most of the first hour which is quite surreal, but if you stick with it you will understand this is a movie which explores the vast expanses of both inner and outer space. In that sense it is like an Ingmar Bergman movie where things do not always make sense but are meant to describe the absurdity of life and raise questions about our faith, our mortality and why we are even here.

miriamkrause Jan 13, 2015

It's a very slow moving movie; however, I enjoyed the artistic feel. I have yet to watch the ending and am encouraged to finish based on other comments. :)

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rabbit77
Dec 02, 2014

Though the vision is beautiful and the music ties in to create a tragic symphony, like an opera without the singing or a ballet without dancing. As a whole the story was too dark, too slow and just too much in contrast to the concept. Just didn't quite work for me.

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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 movie 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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