Sinister Screens

Melancholia (2011) ★★★

My first “tame” Lars von Trier experience where there was no genital mutilation, not much nudity and no revealing sex. A slow burn through a cloud of depression. Another nihilistic streak in a von Trier film though, as it was very dark and bleak. Which I like.

Collision seems to be a multi-threaded theme in this film.

The pending collision of the rogue planet with earth was an interesting symbol relating to the sadness of human existence, where death is hiding in everyone’s timeline, waiting to surface, approach, and impact all of us. There seemed to be heavy symbolism on collision in the two opposing families coming together in the wedding.

Both sisters in this film Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) showcased two basic personalities colliding which encompass the human psyche—freak out (Claire) or just accept (Justine) your ultimate demise.

Also, there was a little stab at the rich and wealthy way of life, which, in the end, it means absolutely nothing how much you have or how well off you are. It all ends the same. Also this film portrays that money is no means to happiness as the rich family is miserable, even before the world begins to end.

Altogether, the film is worth a watch, as it’s well done. Just wasn’t the type of movie that appealed to me as a classic to rewatch.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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