Just a few days after Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning The Tree Of Life showed us the beginning of the universe, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia gave us the end of the world. It’s a disaster movie. A double-disaster movie, in fact, as Danish dogme classic Festen collides with Hollywood meteor-drama Deep Impact.
Part One (“Justine”) sees Kirsten Dunst (winning Cannes’ Best Actress award in a role originally written for Penelope Cruz) as a crushingly depressed bride whose lavish wedding to True Blood’s Alexander Sarsgaard goes rapidly off the rails. Part Two (“Claire”) sees Dunst’s straight-laced sister Charlotte Gainsbourg and her scientist husband Kiefer Sutherland discover that the mysterious planet Melancholia is on an apocalyptic crash-course with Earth.