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Aro Recommended Melancholia

 

Denmark / France / Germany 2011, 135 minutes
Dir. Lars Von Trier
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction

Topics: Disaster.

 

“A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style.”~Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Aroview: A wedding party celebrating the marriage of a young couple is overshadowed by the threat of a planet on a collision course with Earth in this grandiose melodrama from Lars von Trier.

Another in a current crop of movies about End Times and modern anxiety, von Trier’s ambitious ensemble drama works with big themes – both universal and personal, given the director’s public battle with depression – and overwhelming images, resulting in a film that’s very much larger than life, and, like Terrence Malick’s TREE OF LIFE, too vast for the small screen. At the same time, it’s one of von Trier’s most mature, emotionally-focused works; a few laughable moments between scenery-chewing actors notwithstanding, it’s a serious-minded film about serious, human concerns.

NZ International Film Festival 2011
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Helen Rickerby & Sean Molloy

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