This movie revolves around two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), during the events of Justine’s wedding and the impending collision of Earth and another planet, Melancholia a.k.a. the end of the world.
Justine: That I know things. And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on earth, and not for long.
Those slow-motion shots in the opening sequence really grabs you the moment you start, and the music doesn’t help either (Wagner’s prelude to Tristan and Isolde). Each time the music plays in the movie, it sets a really ominous tone and it kinda freaks me out.
These two sisters are as different as chalk and cheese and while Justine suffers from depression, Claire has a case of over-anxiety. It’s interesting to watch how they deal with the end of the world and I guess you never really know until that moment approaches. As the story unfolds, you start to notice the bits that were featured in the opening and also signs that Melancholia is drawing near.
Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.