Melancholia (2011 film)

Melancholia is a 2011 Danish drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgrd, Cameron Spurr and Kiefer Sutherland. The films story revolves around two sisters, one of whom is preparing to marry, as a rogue planet is about to collide with Earth. Von Triers initial inspiration for the film came from a depressive episode he suffered and the insight that depressed people have a tendency to remain peaceful during catastrophic events. The film is a Danish production by Zentropa, with international coproducers in Sweden, France, and Germany. Filming took place in Sweden.

The film begins with an introductory sequence involving the main characters and images from space and introducing many of the films visual leitmotifs. These are motifs of virtually still images revealing the key elements of the film Justine the bride in deep melancholy with birds falling behind her of a lawn with trees and sundial with two different shadows Pieter Breughels Hunters in the Snow often used as interpretation of an idealised nostalgia burning the non existent 19th hole, and the Black Horse collapsing catastrophically in slow motion Justine as a bride being swept along by a river and her being held back by her wedding dress and finally Justine and her nephew building their magic cave before the Earth crashes into Melancholia.The Act Justine is of an ideal and perfect wedding that sweeps bride Justine along and which challenges Justines fragile world. ........

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