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Still of Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in MelancholiaStill of Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Alexander Skarsgård in MelancholiaCharlotte Gainsbourg at event of MelancholiaStill of Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cameron Spurr in MelancholiaStill of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Cameron Spurr in MelancholiaStill of Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alexander Skarsgård in Melancholia

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the Earth.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.4/10 (39,130 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland

On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in-line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster.

Kirsten Dunst - Justine
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Claire
Alexander Skarsgård - Michael
Brady Corbet - Tim
Cameron Spurr - Leo
Charlotte Rampling - Gaby
Jesper Christensen - Little Father
John Hurt - Dexter
Stellan Skarsgård - Jack
Udo Kier - Wedding Planner
Kiefer Sutherland - John
James Cagnard - Michaels Father
Deborah Fronko - Michaels Mother
Charlotta Miller - Betty 1
Claire Miller - Betty 2

Taglines: It will change everything.


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Release Date: 26 May 2011

Filming Locations: Tjolöholm Castle, Fjärås, Sweden

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: CZK 517,900 (Czech Republic) (29 May 2011) (12 Screens)

Gross: $3,023,553 (USA) (19 February 2012)

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Did You Know?

John Everett Millais' painting 'Ophelia' and Pieter Breugel's 'The Land of Cockaigne' are referenced in the images of the movie. Moreover, both paintings can be seen in the art books that Justine uses to rearrange the book shelfs in the library.

Crew or equipment visible: Justine is walking out onto the front field towards the golf course and lake at night. As she is looking up at the planet a crew person is seen walking between two hedges to the upper right.

John: Those bitches have locked themselves in their bathrooms and now they're taking a bath.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

I've never seen anything so painfully familiar. Every move of Justine, her every word echoes with the heartache of a melancholiac. And the inability of the others to understand this pain, their inability to feel it and understand - it only makes it more familiar to the ones drowning in this mute slow-motion everyday despair. After watching this movie I went home without saying a word, I sat down on my chair and sat there silently for about an hour. I like Lars von Trier, I liked his movies before, but this one was a headshot. In this one film Lars von Trier succeeded to show all the ultimate emptiness of the everyday rituals, the endless longing of a melancholiac and the unbearable helplessness of this condition - like a bulletproof glass cocoon around you, muting the sounds and making the colors dim. I vote "excellent", 'cause this film is closer to my heart than any other I've seen before.

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