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Kirsten Dunst
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Kiefer Sutherland
Alexander Skarsgård
Charlotte Rampling
John Hurt
Stellan Skarsgård
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Lars von Trier
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Lars von Trier
Running Time
135 minutes

Melancholia
Lars and The Gloomy Girls


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Melancholia

Plot
At her own wedding reception, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is overcome by depression and alienates everyone, including her new husband (Alexander Skarsgard) and her devoted sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). When a new planet, Melancholia, appears in the sky, Justine knows it will destroy Earth.


Verdict
Von Trier is a burr under the hide for many viewers, and the unconverted won't be convinced. But it's audacious, beautiful, tactful filmmaking and perhaps the perfect match for The Tree Of Life on a bipolar double bill.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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