Dennis Dermody

Lars von Trier's latest is a beautiful meditation on the end of the world, in two parts. The first follows Justine (a luminous Kirsten Dunst) at her wedding to hapless groom Michael (Alexander Skarsgard). Justine is desperate for the wedding to go smoothly, but as the night progresses, unpleasant interruptions are portents to doom. Part two takes place at the country home of Justine's sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her husband (Kiefer Sutherland) as a planet called Melancholia is bearing down on Earth. With Wagner's Tristan and Isolde playing in the background and dead birds falling from the sky, von Trier's film is moody, poetic and incredibly affecting.

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