Revolves around the rocky relationship between two sisters. Justine (Dunst), a young and emotionally unstable newlywed with a promising career ahead of her, and her sister Claire (Gainsbourg), who throws her an expensive and classy wedding reception party. While Justine starts to slowly fall into depression, John (Sutherland), Claire’s wealthy husband, learns that earths fate may be at hand, and that it is on a potentially fatal collision course with a mysterious stray planet.
Director Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” is a drama on depression and the end of the world. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the director stirred up some controversy during the press conference of his film after answering a question with unnecessary remarks and borderline Nazi jokes.
The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland, who all put in good dramatic performances for the film. More notable was a great Kirsten Dunst performance that won the actress the festivals Best Actress Award.
The opening scene of Lars Von Trier’s film is a symphony of calm stillness, as we are flashed with slow moving images of space and some of the films characters. The film unfolds in two parts titled “Justine” and “Claire”. The first part of this film is slow. Mostly focused on Justine’s unstable character and the events that take at her wedding reception. The second part is actually where the plot gets interesting, and is where we vaguely learn of “Melancholia” and its collision course with earth. This half of the film is also packed with depressing drama that focuses on Claire patching up her relationship with her sister. A few visually stimulating scenes here and there was a nice touch to spice the overall look on screen.
Its depression and the end of the world fueled by the conversations and working relationships of the characters up until the apocalyptic finish.