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Justine: Kirsten Dunst
Claire: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Michael: Alexander Skarsgard
John: Kiefer Sutherland
Tim: Brady Corbet
Gaby: Charlotte Rampling
Dexter: John Hurt
Jack: Stellan Skarsgard
Review November 2011

It's the end of the world as we know it, according to Danish provocateur Lars von Trier, an unapologetic director known for exploring dark subject material with a graphic nature, a la Dogville or Antichrist. In his latest film, Melancholia, two sisters played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, struggle to find meaning in their lives and their relationships as a new planet threatens the Earth. The setting is an idyllic fairy tale wedding on a lavish estate, offering a fascinating distraction from world events. And an intimate opportunity to explore family drama. From anger to dread, sadness to serenity, Melancholia is an apocalyptic journey with many moods and depressions - much like its famed director. A deeply meditative film with stunning visuals, Melancholia brilliantly captures the chaos and calm before the storm.

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