Saturday, 12 November 2011

Melancholia (2011) :Release on 26 May 2011 (Czech Republic)

Melancholia Poster Melancholia (2011)


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

Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland

Storyline :  

Not an easy task. In fact, to even attempt to do this would not only be risky for ones career, but in the case of Lars Von Trier, laying oneself bare for the world to tease apart piece by piece. However, Mr. Von Trier has not only seamlessly coerced us into the inner workings of a clinically depressed mind, he has already done the teasing apart for us.
Every single piece is there for us to see, laid out in plain sight, within every frame. Not obviously, not cheaply and not in any crude manner. No, he has placed every detail with such creativity and cleverness it is easy to see how this Art house-esque masterpiece will be thrown aside by many who do not realise what is in front of them as "Too slow, too pointless".

Drawing from the depths of his own experiences with depression, this film is rich with detail and poignancy. After watching and indeed absorbing the film, I still find it fascinatingly intriguing how Von Trier has managed to condense all the aspects of a fractured mind into two hours and two parts of cinematography. I cannot help but think a large part of himself is within each scene with Justine.
As the story unfolds over the course of several days we see a stark contrast not only between sisters, but between the various facets of Justines character. This itself will leave the thinking viewer with questions that test our own sense of acceptance, of right and wrong.


Cinematically, the film is beautifully shot. Again simplicity and careful use of intimate dialogue builds an atmosphere so heavy and intense yet joyously easy on the senses. Everything is there for use to absorb, but in such a delicate way you may not even realise what you have taken in.


Is this film a mass, cross-the-board hit? No. There will be many who unfortunately let the meanings and thoughts float by them without reaching out a hand and taking hold of the key themes. But for those who see the beauty in the darkness of depression, this film will leave you lulling over questions for days after.


Lars Von Trier has not only triumphed, once again, in the cinematic arena, he has given all the gift of witnessing a journey so dark that the destination will be be nothing short of a blessing in disguise.

 

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