Melancholia (Trier, 2011)
I’ve now typed three different reviews of this film and have deleted every one of them. I’m finding it almost impossible to accurately represent all of Trier’s genius and failures that is Melancholia through my words. There are scenes that haunted me, annoyed me, moved me. Trouble, fear, anger, drama, tears, shame, ignorance, peace – a wide spectrum of human experience and emotion on display. And to top it all off, one of the most intriguing and restrained science fiction plots I’ve seen. Often bogged down with unnecessary and over-ambitious symbolism, though, the bad accompanies the good.
Shot with a mix of in-your-face handheld realism, and surreal operatic cgi fantasy, Trier brings the end of the world into our lives in intimate and subdued fashion. All uncertainties plaguing the film’s characters have already been answered for the viewer in the chilling introduction, letting us focus on the people over the plot. Thank heavens, because this batch of characters require undivided attention if the big event is going to mean anything to you. 8.5/10