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Melancholia (2011)

Cast
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Kiefer Sutherland
Released
2011
Lars von Trier
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Her husband John asks Claire, “Is everybody in your family stark raving mad?” (0:33)

Copy editor Justine, Claire's sister, asks her ad agency boss Jack, “The problem is, how do we effectively hook a group of minors on our substandard product, preferably in a habit-forming way?” (0:59)

John tells Claire the scientists all agree that the planet “Melancholia is just going to pass right in front of us...” (1:11)

Justine, only rising from bed in time for dinner, appears to manifest psychomotor retardation. Claire tries to help her into the bath. (1:14)

Justine, referring to a favorite dish, “It tastes like ashes.” (1:16)

John and Claie's young son Leo holds a computer with a picture of a planet labeled “Melancholia.” (1:17)

Claire types “melancholia” into a search field on her computer and peruses pages about the planet’s approach. (1:30)

Justine tells Claire, “The earth is evil. We don’t need to grieve for it.” (1:35)

Claire's shortness of breath suggests a panic attack. (1:43)

Claire finds John lying dead in the stable, having apparently killed himself by taking an overdose of a drug Claire brought home. (1:51)

This story could represent a nihilistic delusion as might occur in a major depressive episode. Justine's depression seems to insulate her from the anticipated horror of the end of the world in contrast to those around her.

Trilogy: Antichrist > Melancholia > Nymphomaniac: Volume I > Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Director: Lars von Trier