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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the earth.


Studio Magnolia Pictures
SKU 227334480
UPC 876964004473
UPC 14 00876964004473
Format DVD
Release Date 10/21/2014
Rating Rating
Mental Illness
Editors Note
Note Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA, a meditation on depression and the end of the world, stars Kirsten Dunst as an emotionally troubled newlywed named Justine, whose sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) throws her a lavish wedding party. While her lack of emotional stability begins to take a toll on Justine's new marriage as well as the party -- and old wounds are exposed -- Claire's wealthy husband John (Kiefer Sutherland) also knows a great deal about a planet that is on a possible collision course with Earth, further muddying the waters. The second half of the movie focuses on Claire, who ends up taking her sister in after the marriage collapses, and also begins to fear that John is hiding apocalyptically bad news. John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling co-star. MELANCHOLIA screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "The beautifully shot banquet is full of scratchy family tensions and acidic asides..." 10/01/2011
Sight and Sound "[T]he climactic cosmic collision delivers real bang for the bucks..." 10/01/2011
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "The two actresses excel, while von Trier's use of Wagner on the soundtrack gives the film gravitas and unlikely majesty." 10/05/2011
Entertainment Weekly "The filmmaker blends the grand romanticism of Wagnerian music -- specifically the famous prelude from TRISTAN UND ISOLDE -- with swooning dreamscape cinematography that magically melts sight and sound into one." -- Grade: A 10/28/2011
Wall Street Journal "[H]auntingly beautiful....An impending apocalypse is evoked with an extraordinary mixture of gravity and grave playfulness." 11/11/2011
Movieline "MELANCHOLIA is gorgeous to look at, deeply moody and atmospheric, and it's always in on its own grim little joke." 11/10/2011
Los Angeles Times "Its apocalyptic vision is encouraging in its hopelessness; its star, Kirsten Dunst, luminous in her anguish and devastation." 11/11/2011
New York Times "Lars von Trier offers his own, highly personal version of apocalypse: a celestial collision rendered in surprisingly lovely digital effects and accompanied by mighty blasts of Wagner." 11/11/2011
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style, MELANCHOLIA takes themes that have marked the best films of 2011 and spins them into a blast of cosmic sparkle dust." 11/11/2011
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] marathon of beauty, sorrow and bone crushing futility..." 01/03/2012
Kiefer Sutherland
Alexander Skarsgard
Kirsten Dunst
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Cast & Crew
Kiefer Sutherland - Star
Alexander Skarsgard - Star
Kirsten Dunst - Star
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Star
John Hurt - Star
Udo Kier - Co-Star
Charlotte Rampling - Co-Star
Stellan Skarsgaard - Co-Star
Manuel Alberto Claro - Director of Photography
Anders Refn - Assistant Director
Brady Corbet - Co-Star
Christian Geisnaes - Co-Star
Charlotta Miller - Co-Star
Erin Lee Sahlstrom - Co-Star
Cameron Spurr - Co-Star
Deborah Fronko - Co-Star
Claire Miller - Co-Star
Lars von Trier - Screenwriter
Kristian Eidnes Andersen - Sound
Richard Wagner - Music Performer
Dennis Knudsen - Hairstylist
Dennis Knudsen - Makeup
Linda Boije - Hairstylist
Linda Boije - Makeup
Jim Cagnard - Co-Star
Jesper Christensen - Co-Star
Lars von Trier - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00876964004473
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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