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Melancholia

  R HD Closed Captioning

Lars von Trier

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Plot Summary

Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) celebrate their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine’s sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth, threatening the very existence of humankind…

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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79%
  • Reviews Counted: 182
  • Fresh: 143
  • Rotten: 39
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The end of the world, von Trier-style, is a middling thing as a film. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 11, 2011

Fresh: The most composed and beautiful and conspicuously adult film of [von Trier's] career... – Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Nov 11, 2011

Fresh: It's a planet that can't come soon enough for her, but one that I kept willing away. Not, I'm a little embarrassed to say, to save humanity from Melancholia, but simply to stay in this remarkable movie's presence just a little longer. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Nov 11, 2011

Fresh: Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Nov 23, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Nihilist WMD for your subconscious

I watched this film last night. We were lured in by the occasional, beautiful dreamlike cinematography. It soon became clear we were being handled, very carefully and expertly, with methods used to directly communicate with the subconscious. The slo-mo, the jerky camera work, dreamlike imagery, insipid story and characters, small life-boat cast and surroundings--all made you hunger for something more, something larger which, in the end, was the end of life. And, whatever hope you may have had, whatever spiritual precepts you held dear, were thrown in your face and shown their futility. This film ranks up there as the best of all the 2012 end-of-the-world films. But its effects not only will linger, but have the potential to erode. This is one glass of kool-aid I wish I hadn't drank.

$10 Is not too much....

This movie gets released on itunes a month BEFORE its release in theatres, and you have to pay for less than a single movie ticket to rent it and watch it. Yet Tower Heist, with Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller, is getting put on video-on-demand three weeks into the films release and they're charging $60 dollars for you to view it at home. This is literally the best possible deal in this situation.

Surreal

A beautiful movie that will haunt the mind and spirit. It taps into our hive memory remembering days forgone. Cataclysms deep rooted in the collective unconscious. The end of the world sentiment has been etched in mans psyche from time immemorial. This movie echoes a forgotten terror reminding us how fragile we are. Doom and gloom? Perhaps, surreal and sobering is a better description.