An awe inspiring, beautifully tragic conceptualization.
Directed by: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Kirsten Dunst
About: In the aftermath of a disastrous wedding two sisters contemplate the inevitable destructiveness of Melancholia as a planet hurtles towards Earth.
“Earth is evil, we shouldn’t grieve for it, and no one will miss it when it’s gone.” In Lars Von Trier’s latest film melancholia is an enormous, destructive force, planet-sized and ominous it falls through space on a deceptive yet inevitable collision course. There are several key questions that emerge through this; the acceptance of death being inescapable and impossible to hide from (hiding is suicide, literally), the peace that comes from such acceptance, and the question of the actual practicality of marriage and love (every marriage in the film fails, in all cases with the husband failing to help a wife slipping into mental illness, while love is presented as both crumbling and imperfect, though there is never the promise of forever in a film about the end of the world). All of this is incredibly captivating (along with Dunst’s stellar performance), and then Von Trier goes ahead and completely destroys the Earth, it is an awe inspiring, beautifully tragic conceptualization of the complete sense of hopelessness that melancholia inspires.