Critics have been fawning over Lars von Trier‘s most recent film Melancholia since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May (at which Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress Award for her performance). I finally got a chance to see the film and was enamored by it’s captivating cinematography, as well as it’s ability to create feelings of both great peacefulness & intense discomfort, in the outdoor vs. indoor scenes respectively.

However, I can’t say I wholeheartedly loved the film — at points the storyline is quite alienating — and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. If you’re a fan of Lars von Trier, or just appreciate darker, visually-driven stories in general, you’ll enjoy the film immensely. If not, you could probably skip it without too much regret. The New York Times put it well when they wrote, “Melancholia is emphatically not what anyone would call a feel-good movie, and yet it nonetheless leaves behind a glow of aesthetic satisfaction.”

You can check out the official tailer below…


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