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It mainly focuses on the relationship between [[SiblingYinYang two sisters, Justine and Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding (and its progressive lapse into disarray), and the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.

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It mainly focuses on the relationship between [[SiblingYinYang two sisters, the pessimistic Justine and the neurotic Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding (and its progressive lapse into disarray), and the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Played straight with [[spoiler:Justine and Leo]], averted with [[spoiler:Claire]]. Their final moments are consistent with their character; [[spoiler:Justine is apathetic towards the collision, and Leo (while afraid at one point) is able to seek comfort in Justine, while Claire is openly distraught and flinches at the last second as the wall of fire created in the collision sweeps over them]].

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Played straight with [[spoiler:Justine and Leo]], averted with [[spoiler:Claire]]. Their final moments are consistent with their character; [[spoiler:Justine is apathetic towards the collision, and Leo (while afraid at one point) is able to seek find comfort in Justine, while Claire is openly distraught and flinches at the last second as the wall of fire created in the collision sweeps over them]].

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* CounterEarth: Melancholia had previously been hidden on the other side of the sun.


-->--'''Gaby'''[[note]]Initially said to Justine about her marriage, later retooled into a {{tagline}} for the film, turning "it" into [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Earth]][[/note]]

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-->--'''Gaby'''[[note]]Initially said to Justine about her marriage, later retooled into a {{tagline}} for the film, turning "it" into [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt (life on) Earth]][[/note]]


->''"Enjoy it while it lasts."''
-->--'''Gaby'''[[note]]Initially said to Justine about her marriage, later retooled into a {{tagline}} for the film, turning "it" into [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Earth]][[/note]]



It mainly focuses on the relationship between the [[SiblingYinYang two sisters Justine and Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding, the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.

Like Von Trier's [[{{Film/Antichrist}} previous movie]], '' Melancholia'' was surrounded by some consternation at the Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier's jokes about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany resulted in him being declared a ''[[DudeNotFunny persona non grata]]''[[note]]In 2017 however, [[http://www.indiewire.com/2017/03/lars-von-trier-the-house-that-jack-built-cannes-1201791773/ this ban might have been lifted]][[/note]]. Dunst's performance was praised, however, and she walked away with the Best Actress Award.

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It mainly focuses on the relationship between the [[SiblingYinYang two sisters sisters, Justine and Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding, wedding (and its progressive lapse into disarray), and the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.

Like Von Trier's [[{{Film/Antichrist}} previous movie]], '' Melancholia'' was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and would go on to win the Best Actress award for its lead female (Dunst) and become surrounded by some consternation at the Cannes Film Festival. consternation. This time, it was a result of Von Trier's jokes Trier joking about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and UsefulNotes/NaziGermany resulted in at a press conference, which led to him being declared a ''[[DudeNotFunny persona non grata]]''[[note]]In grata]]'', essentially giving him a 100-meter restraining order from the festival's venue[[note]]In 2017 however, [[http://www.indiewire.com/2017/03/lars-von-trier-the-house-that-jack-built-cannes-1201791773/ this ban might have been lifted]][[/note]]. Dunst's performance was praised, however, and she walked away with the Best Actress Award.
lifted]][[/note]].


* ForegoneConclusion: Melancholia hits Earth. Von Trier deliberately showed this right away because he didn't want suspense to be the point of the audience's experience.

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* ForegoneConclusion: Melancholia hits Earth.Earth in the opening titles. Von Trier deliberately showed this right away because he didn't want suspense to be the point of the audience's experience.


* ShoutOut: The whole movie is basically a shout-out to ''When Worlds Collide'' set in the 2000s, only told from the perspective of ordinary people. [[spoiler:There's a flyby, a HopeSpot, then the realization that the collision will happen after all and Earth (and they) are finished.]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
The whole movie is basically a shout-out to ''When Worlds Collide'' set in the 2000s, only told from the perspective of ordinary people. [[spoiler:There's a flyby, a HopeSpot, then the realization that the collision will happen after all and Earth (and they) are finished.]]


* EverybodyDies: ''Duh...''



* KillEmAll

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* KillEmAllKillEmAll: As a result of Melancholia colliding with the Earth.


[[caption-width-right:350:[-"[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Life is only on Earth. And not for long.]]"-] ]]


''Melancholia'' is a 2011 SpeculativeFiction film written and directed by Creator/LarsVonTrier. It mainly focuses on the relationship between the [[SiblingYinYang two sisters Justine and Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding, the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-"[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Life [[caption-width-right:350:[-[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt "Life is only on Earth. And not for long.]]"-] ]]


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''Melancholia'' is a 2011 SpeculativeFiction film written and directed by Creator/LarsVonTrier. Creator/LarsVonTrier.

It mainly focuses on the relationship between the [[SiblingYinYang two sisters Justine and Claire]], played by Creator/KirstenDunst and Creator/CharlotteGainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding, the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet [[DoubleMeaningTitle Melancholia]] that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Played straight with [[spoiler:Justine and Leo]], subverted with [[spoiler:Claire]]. Their final moments are consistent with their character; [[spoiler:Justine is apathetic towards the collision, and Leo (while afraid at one point) is able to seek comfort in Justine, while Claire is openly distraught and flinches at the last second as the wall of fire created in the collision sweeps over them]].

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Played straight with [[spoiler:Justine and Leo]], subverted averted with [[spoiler:Claire]]. Their final moments are consistent with their character; [[spoiler:Justine is apathetic towards the collision, and Leo (while afraid at one point) is able to seek comfort in Justine, while Claire is openly distraught and flinches at the last second as the wall of fire created in the collision sweeps over them]].


-->'''Justine''': The Earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for her.

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-->'''Justine''': The Earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for her.it.


* RunawayBride: Not so much running away as falling apart at the seams.

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* RunawayBride: Not so much Played with; Justine doesn't actually have a specific "runaway" moment. She instead has a series of instances of running away as falling apart at away, slipping further into her depression, and ultimately returning to the seams.reception. [[spoiler:The decision to call off the marriage is also reached by both parties amicably.]]
** Signs of deconstruction are shown in the consequences Justine is confronted with for holding up the ceremony; for one, John complains that he's paid a lot of money for it.



* ShoutOut: The whole movie is basically a shout-out to ''When Worlds Collide'' set in the 2000s, only told from the perspective of ordinary people. There's a flyby, a HopeSpot, then the realization that the collision will happen after all and Earth (and they) are finished.
** The name 'Justine' was taken from the (in)famous Creator/MarquisDeSade novel, ''Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue''

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* ShoutOut: The whole movie is basically a shout-out to ''When Worlds Collide'' set in the 2000s, only told from the perspective of ordinary people. There's [[spoiler:There's a flyby, a HopeSpot, then the realization that the collision will happen after all and Earth (and they) are finished.
finished.]]
** The Justine's name 'Justine' was taken from the (in)famous Creator/MarquisDeSade novel, ''Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue''Virtue''.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty much breaks the scale on the cynicism side. It doesn't really matter that the world is going to end and possibly all life in the universe will be extinguished; life is so shitty and devoid of meaning that it's a good, perhaps even beautiful thing. Sort of justified, in that the whole scenario is a metaphor for depression, except that the director is pretty much romanticizing it with this film.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty much breaks the scale on the cynicism side. It [[spoiler:It doesn't really matter that the world is going to end and possibly all life in the universe will be extinguished; life is so shitty and devoid of meaning that it's a good, perhaps even beautiful thing. thing.]] Sort of justified, in that the whole scenario is a metaphor for depression, except that the director is pretty much romanticizing it with this film.



* ThousandYardStare: Justine.

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* ThousandYardStare: Justine.Justine's face begins permanently turning into a lifeless stare as she sinks deeper into her depression.



* TwoActStructure: Both chapters differ in mood.
* UnableToCry: Justine only starts to cry when she's comforting her nephew.
* WeirdMoon: Melancholia, again.

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* TwoActStructure: Both The film is split into two chapters differ in mood.
-- "Justine" (concerning her wedding) and "Claire" (concerning Melancholia).
* UnableToCry: Justine doesn't cry during her depression; she only starts to cry when she's comforting her nephew.
* WeirdMoon: Melancholia, again.Melancholia.


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Von Trier has mentioned he was never interested in depicting the astronomical events accurately.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Von Abounds in the logistics of Melancholia. von Trier has admittedly mentioned he was never interested in depicting the astronomical events accurately.



** The film presents the only danger Melancholia poses to Earth is by direct collision. However, even a flyby could potentially be disastrous. It might "slingshot" the Earth out of orbit, and the tidal forces could also wreak havoc, depending on Melancholia's mass.

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** The film presents direct collision as the only danger Melancholia poses to Earth is by direct collision.Earth. However, even a flyby could potentially be disastrous. It might "slingshot" the Earth out of orbit, and the tidal forces could also wreak havoc, depending on Melancholia's mass.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Is everyone in your family stark raving mad?"
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone dies, but Justine is able to come to a kind of peace with herself in the face of the apocalypse, and create a way for her sister and nephew to be together at the end. Von Trier has said it's the happiest ending he's ever written.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Von Trier basically explores the idea how people with depression can function better than others under certain circumstances. Such as Justine and Claire, where the former is eerily calmed and the latter is breaking down [[spoiler:as Melancholia hits.]]
* {{Bookends}}: [[spoiler: The opening montage shows Earth crashing into Melancholia. The movie ends with a view from the surface.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: "Is Between Justine's depression, Claire's anxiety, their father Dexter's hedonistic narcissism, and their mother Gaby's remorseless cynicism, there's no normal head on anyone's shoulders in the main family.
-->'''John''': [[LampshadeHanging Is
everyone in your family stark raving mad?"
mad?]]
* BittersweetEnding: One that simultaneously leans ''heavy'' on the "bitter" side and functions as von Trier's happiest ending, which [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism says a lot about him as a filmmaker]]. [[spoiler: Everyone dies, but Justine is able to come to a kind of peace with herself in the face of the apocalypse, and create a way for her sister and nephew to be together at the end. Von Trier has said it's the happiest ending he's ever written.end.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Von In this film, von Trier basically essentially explores the idea of how people with depression can function better than others under certain circumstances. Such as Justine and Claire, where circumstances, like [[spoiler:the end of the former is eerily calmed and the latter is breaking down [[spoiler:as Melancholia hits.]]
world]].
* {{Bookends}}: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The opening montage shows ends with Earth crashing into Melancholia. The movie ends with a view from the surface.]]



* CrapsackWorld

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* CrapsackWorldCrapsackWorld: [[spoiler:Justine's ability to come to terms with Melancholia impacting Earth hinges on her belief that Earth is this.]]



** "Sometimes, I really hate you, Justine." [[spoiler:Both times said by Claire; first in anger, then in sadness.]]

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** "Sometimes, "Sometimes I really hate you, Justine." [[spoiler:Both times said by Claire; first in anger, then in sadness.]]



* RuleOfSymbolism: Throughout the movie, John repeatedly mentions that his estate has an eighteen-hole golf course. [[spoiler:When Claire and Leo are unable to leave the estate towards the end, Claire carries Leo across the golf course, passing a flag marking the nineteenth hole. The nineteenth hole is a term for a pub or clubhouse where golfers drink after the game, often found near or on the course itself.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: OnlySaneWoman: Played with in regards to Justine's character arc; while she starts the film as the odd one out due to her intensifying depression, [[spoiler:her complete acceptance of Earth's impending destruction actually makes her look level-headed compared to Claire and John's freakouts]].
* RuleOfSymbolism:
**
Throughout the movie, John repeatedly mentions that his estate has an eighteen-hole golf course. [[spoiler:When Claire and Leo are unable to leave the estate towards the end, Claire carries Leo across the golf course, passing a flag marking the nineteenth hole. The nineteenth hole is a term for a pub or clubhouse where golfers drink after the game, often found near or on the course itself.]]


* DisabilitySuperpower: The clinically depressed main character is apparently omniscient.

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* DisabilitySuperpower: The clinically depressed main character Justine is apparently omniscient.omniscient, confidently opposing Claire and John's belief that Melancholia will pass by Earth, and also giving the correct number of beans in the wedding jar (678), which nobody could get.
-->"I know things."



* FanDisservice: Given what her character's going through and also the tone of the film, Kirsten Dunst's nude scenes are not supposed to be sexy. You have to give credit for Kirsten going further than she's ever been in her career, though.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Played straight with [[spoiler:Justine and Leo]], subverted with [[spoiler:Claire]]. Their final moments are consistent with their character; [[spoiler:Justine is apathetic towards the collision, and Leo (while afraid at one point) is able to seek comfort in Justine, while Claire is openly distraught and flinches at the last second as the wall of fire created in the collision sweeps over them]].
* FanDisservice: Given what her character's going through and also the tone of the film, Kirsten Dunst's nude scenes are not supposed to be sexy. You have to give credit for Kirsten going further than she's ever been in her career, though.



** "Sometimes, I really hate you, Justine."
* MelancholyMoon: Melancholia is this TurnedUpToEleven, especially to Justine.

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** "Sometimes, I really hate you, Justine."
" [[spoiler:Both times said by Claire; first in anger, then in sadness.]]
* MelancholyMoon: Melancholia is this TurnedUpToEleven, turned UpToEleven, especially to Justine.



* RightThroughHisPants



* RunningGag: The wedding planner played by Udo Kier who shields Justine's face from his vision every time he passes by.

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* RunningGag: The wedding planner played by Udo Kier who shields Justine's face from his vision every time he passes by.by, sticking to his promise to never look at her after she "ruined" the wedding.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone dies, but Justine is able to come to a kind of peace with herself in the face of the apocalypse, and create a way for her sister and nephew to be together at the end. Von Trier has said it's the happiest ending he's ever written.]]



* DownerEnding: Trier himself taglined the film with "No more happy endings!" That's saying something!
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone dies, but Justine is able to come to a kind of peace with herself in the face of the apocalypse, and create a way for her sister and nephew to be together at the end. Von Trier has said it's the happiest ending he's ever written.]]



* EarthShatteringKaboom

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* EarthShatteringKaboomEarthShatteringKaboom: [[spoiler:How the film ends, with Earth's collision into Melancholia creating one of these]].



* {{Homage}}: The image of Justine floating down the stream in her dress with a bouquet is inspired by John Everett Millais' 1852 painting "Ophelia"

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* {{Homage}}: The image of Justine floating down the stream in her dress with a bouquet is inspired by John Everett Millais' 1852 painting "Ophelia""Ophelia".



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The specific manner in which Justine, Claire and Leo are offed is via incineration by the wall of fire created when Earth and Melancholia collide.]]



* LighterAndSofter: Only and ''only'' when compared to the [[{{Film/Antichrist}} preceding film]] in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy".[[note]]At least this movie doesn't have self-eviscerating foxes in it...[[/note]]

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* LighterAndSofter: Only and ''only'' when compared to the [[{{Film/Antichrist}} preceding film]] in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy".[[note]]At least this movie doesn't have self-eviscerating foxes in it...[[/note]]



* MeaningfulEcho: "I'm scared." [[spoiler: First said by Justine, when confiding in her mother about her marriage; then by Leo to Justine, as Melancholia re-approaches Earth.]]

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* MeaningfulEcho: MeaningfulEcho:
**
"I'm scared." [[spoiler: First said by Justine, when confiding in her mother about her marriage; then by Leo to Justine, as Melancholia re-approaches Earth.]]


* CosmicPlaything: As recognized by Justine.
* CounterEarth

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* CosmicPlaything: As recognized CosmicHorrorStory: Justine believes that not only is humanity alone, everything we aspire to is meaningless because life on Earth is fundamentally evil and will inevitably be destroyed by Justine.
* CounterEarth
the cold universe.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Throughout the movie, John repeatedly mentions that his estate has an eighteen-hole golf course. [[spoiler:When Claire and Leo are unable to leave the estate towards the end, Claire carries Leo across the golf course, passing a flag marking the nineteenth hole. The nineteenth hole is a term for a pub or clubhouse where golfers drink after the game, often found near or on the course itself.]]
** At crucial times, the sisters try desperately yet fail to cross the bridge separating them from the rest of the world: [[spoiler:Justine, when Claire attempts to cheer her up the morning after her disastrous wedding, and Claire, when she wants to be in the village when Melancholia crashes into Earth.]]

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