{3.5/5} “The way I see it, you’re now short of a boss and a husband. Could I, in all humility, offer my services? You have the ideas. I have the head for business. We could be the perfect couple.”

Justine has just been married. On the way to the reception the limousine gets stuck. At the reception she finds that her father has brought two women named Betty. And her mother declares in front of everyone that she doesn’t believe in marriage. Justine leaves the reception for long periods — she doesn’t feel as happy as everyone expects her to be.

There’s a planet, named Melancholia, that’s headed for Earth. Scientists say it’s going to pass by but that doesn’t stop some people from worrying that it’s going to hit Earth. Including Claire, Justine’s sister.

Melancholia was released in 2011.

The movie is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey in its division into parts, musical overture, and use of classical music — in this case “Tristan und Isolde” by Wagner. The science fictional part of the premise is reminiscent of Another Earth.

Like Another Earth, the science fictional aspect isn’t big — the movie is mostly about the characters, partly about how they react to the new planet and partly about how they react to their lives in general. The discovery of the planet happens halfway through.

It’s well acted and visually interesting. As for the story, it didn’t grab me quite as much as I wanted it to.

It’s not a particularly happy story.

Justine is played by Kirstin Dunst (Interview With the Vampire, Spider-man). Her husband is played by Alexander Skarsgård (the TV show True Blood). Her boss is played by Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting). The wedding planner is played by Udo Kier (Shadow of the Vampire).

Claire is played by Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Science of Sleep). Her husband is played by Kiefer Sutherland (Dark City). Claire and Justine’s father is played by John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Their mother is played by Charlotte Rampling (Never Let Me Go).

The movie was directed by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves).

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