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A film by Lars von Trier

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It opens with a series of striking slow-motion tableaux set to Wagner which, in retrospect, pretty much tell the whole tale. The tale of a depressed bride (Kirsten Dunst in her best performance ever, which deservedly won her the Best Actress award at Cannes) and her anguished sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg, also great), but also the tale of two planets on a collision course. Part drama, part science-fiction, Melancholia was shot by Lars von Trier with his signature post-Dogme, unstable camerawork, which mirrors how the characters feel, but he also makes painterly use of light and colour, bringing to life more stunning tableaux throughout the film. Cynical and nihilistic, but also laced with genuine emotion, this is a truly haunting picture.

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