In Lars Von Trier’s darkly apocalyptic film (which narrowly missed out on the Palme d’Or to Malick’s Tree of Life), Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are about to get married at the sumptuous home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth. This epic, ambitious, aesthetically astounding and not easily forgotten film offers Von Trier’s acutely individual version of the end of the world.
“Magnificent. A sublimely beautiful film.” — Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies