A beautiful movie about the end of the world.
As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) arrives for her wedding reception in her sister's mansion home, her big day resurfaces a battle against her own inner demons. Whilst at the same time Earth is threatened by an imminent collision with Planet Melancholia – whose presence becomes increasingly ominous as the film moves towards its truly spectacular finale.
Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her performance, and stars alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt and Alexander Skarsgard in Palme d’Or winning director Lars von Trier’s beautifully shot apocalyptic disaster movie.
Lars von Trier
It was like waking from a dream: my producer showed me a suggestion for a poster. “What is that?” I ask. ”It’s a film you’ve made!” she replies. ”I hope not,” I stammer. Trailers are shown ... stills ... it looks like shit. I’m shaken.
Don’t get me wrong ... I’ve worked on the film for two years. With great pleasure. But perhaps I’ve deceived myself. Let myself be tempted. Not that anyone has done anything wrong ... on the contrary, everybody has worked loyally and with talent toward the goal defined by me alone. But when my producer presents me with the cold facts, a shiver runs down my spine.
This is cream on cream. A woman’s film! I feel ready to reject the film like a wrongly transplanted organ.
But what was it I wanted? With a state of mind as my starting point, I desired to dive headlong into the abyss of German romanticism. Wagner in spades. That much I know. But is that not just another way of expressing defeat? Defeat to the lowest of cinematic common denominators? Romance is abused in all sorts of endlessly dull ways in mainstream products.
And then, I must admit, I have had happy love relationships with romantic cinema ... to name the obvious: Visconti!
German romance that leaves you breathless. But in Visconti, there was always something to elevate matters beyond the trivial ... elevate it to masterpieces!
I am confused now and feel guilty. What have I done?
Is it ’exit Trier?’ I cling to the hope that there may be a bone splinter amid all the cream that may, after all, crack a fragile tooth ... I close my eyes and hope!
Lars von Trier, Copenhagen, April 13, 2011
Kirsten Dunst: Justine
Charlotte Gainsbourg: Claire
Kiefer Sutherland: John
Alexander Skarsgård: Michael
Stellan Skarsgård: Jack
Jesper Christensen: Little father
Charlotte Rampling: Gaby
John Hurt: Dexter
Udo Kier: Wedding planner
Brady Corbertt: Tim
DVD catalogue number: ART541DVD
Blu-ray catalogue number: ART023BD
Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand
Also part of the Shock & Awe box set
DIRECTOR:Lars von Trier
CAST: Kirsten Dunst: Justine Charlotte Gainsbourg: Claire Kiefer Sutherland: John VIEW ALL