Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movies: Melancholia

It is the time for the best of the year lists again. My movie of the year -  so far - is "Melancholia" (imdb). The film, directed by Lars von Trier, mesmerized me. The danish director  and his cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro created pictures, Stanley Kubrick would have been proud of. Both cinema innovators show what cinema still could do. Days after watching this movie event I was still under its spell.

As the title promises, "Melancholia" has a dark & disturbing plot. The film focuses on 2 sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who have to deal with depression and an enviable fate, a fatal crash of our earth with another planet.

The film doesn`t show the usual action you can find in Hollywood`s science fiction blockbusters, instead it confronts the viewer with the psychology of its characters, it is more Sigmund Freud than Isaac Asimov. Once again Lars von Trier confirmed his reputation as a provocative director and delivered a piece of art, worthy to discuss and contemplate.

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