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Much of the first half of the movie takes place at the wedding of Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard), where we watch anxiety and fear eat away at what should be a joyous occasion for Justine.
In the clip we’ve got for you today, the wedding’s in full swing, and Justine has already reached a point of crisis. Her new husband is determined to be the balancing force in her life and make her happy, and we see him struggling here. You’ll also get a hint of one of my favorite things in any movie this year, Udo Kier as the wedding planner who takes Justine’s behavior personally and who is convinced that she’s ruined his special day.
What this clip barely hints at is the overwhelming beauty of the film. Von Trier has abandoned the rough-hewn aesthetic he’s known for in favor of something gorgeous and surreal, and it’s one of those films that I could get lost in visually regardless of what’s happening.
Whether you see it at home or in a theater, please check out “Melancholia.” You might hate it, you might love it, but I can pretty much guarantee you won’t forget you saw it.
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