Movies

Melancholia : Depression at the End of the World

Melancholia is a beautifully made film wrapped in a subtle but powerful drama along with a hint of scifi vibe. I loved how the Director and Producer Lars von Triers created such an extraordinary piece of work that has such a bold atmosphere ,it draws you in right away. Of course it was helped by the great performance of its cast such as TV actor Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch) and English actress Charlotte Gainsbourg who is the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg. But the award for the best actress should go to Kristen Dunst who probably delivered her best acting performance in this film.

Melancholia is worth watching for various reasons. The story-line itself is captivating as it tries to project the supposed psychological reaction towards the end of the world which i guess could also be a metaphor of how you deal with various problems in life. Gainsbourg’s character represents those who deal with pressure, in this case, the end of the world, with such a panic and denial. While Dunst’s character represents the opposites, as she was calm and apathetic.

Since the beginning of the movie , we are provided by tranquil pictures and beautiful settings. The music ,characterized by its sorrowful melody, sets the tone for the rest of the movie,

Even so, the movie itself is not without flaws. It is such a lengthy movies. The pace is slow, and it stops way too long in certain scenes which I supposed was intended for the audience to capture and soak emotions profoundly. And it was fine for me.

By the end of the film, I have to say I was wowed by the strength of the last scenes. It was such a powerful and dramatic ending that it made me gasp. This film left me with a sadness, depressions , and a slight of fright that haunted me for, honestly, quite a while. And yes, this film will give you a melancholy….or melancholia (not sure which one is the right noun). I supposed this film is not for everyone. But it certainly gives you an unforgettable experience that makes you want to live your lives as if tomorrow never comes.

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