Melancholia: directed and written by Lars Von Trier
Melancholia is not subtly named. It’s a decisive pun on the part of Von Trier. A meteor is hurtling towards the earth with the curious name of Melancholia, whilst two sisters both suffer from a severe sort of depression – melancholia – in two separate, but not disparate halves. With the unsubtle precision in its title you’d anticipate that the juxtaposition of the film’s apocalyptical tendencies with its characters more human interests would be more calculated. Instead, Von Trier takes a number of steps back as a director and crafts the film with little ostensible directorial intrusion, and with little focus on actual plot. Instead, we’re met with almost impressionistic meanderings marked by overwhelming symbolism.