Melancholia

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(2011) ★★

Sky Arts 1: Thursday 13 August, 9.00pm

Charlotte Gainsbourg organises a lavish wedding reception for her sister Kirsten Dunst as Earth waits for the planet Melancholia to pass by. Or maybe crash into it. “A beautiful movie about the end of the world,” is how Danish Dogme prankster Lars von Trier described his film, a clinical variation on Deep Impact aimed at the arthouse crowd. As in Antichrist, von Trier’s use of music is oppressive and bathetic. This time he slaps on pieces from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. There’s a lot of mumbly acting. In any case, the characters are mostly absurd and obnoxious. None of them seems to serve any useful purpose. Like von Trier, they exist in their own sealed-off world of privilege. The scenes with dialogue work best but even then there’s no surmounting the central casting dilemma: Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters? How does that work? They barely look like they’re from the same planet. After Dunst won Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes film festival, she described her character as ‘creative and sensitive’. Which is kind of funny, seeing as she acts like a complete tool for the entire film. Still, for all its silly shallowness, Melancholia is a step up from the risible Antichrist. Even though, inevitably, watching this interminable movie is like waiting for the world to end. In other hands, that’s still a suitable subject for cinematic treatment. Take the 2013 Australian thriller, These Final Hours, for instance. Now that makes a deep impact.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 135min

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Other Showings Date & Time
Sky Arts 1 Sunday, 16 August at 11:20PM
Sky Arts 1 Thursday, 20 August at 1:10AM