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Melancholia

Lars von Trier | 2011 | 159 MINS
Denmark/Sweden
As a planet hurtles toward a collision course with Earth, two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) cope with the approaching doomsday in different ways. The second of our remastered von Trier films after ‘Breaking the Waves’ from 2 Sep.

In Detail

It centres on a young woman, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) – Von Trier's surrogate – who experiences a debilitating depression just as the literal end of the world is nigh, with a blue planet, the titular Melancholia, looming in the sky and set to hit Earth.

In ‘Melancholia’, von Trier has created a mission statement of a masterpiece, one that reminds us that nihilism itself can serve as a legitimate form of creation, a means as well as The End. It is so powerful because it refuses to do what people in the grip of mental disorder are often pressured to do: make the pain small. 12 years on, it stands as a masterpiece about mental illness.

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