Review by Richard Brody
When ten minutes into a movie you feel very agitated and more than a week later you can’t get the movie out of your mind, what do you do? Write about said movie and hope for relief.
SPOILER ALERT – much of the movie is about to be revealed:
“Melancholia,” the most recent film by director and screenwriter Lars Van Triers, opens with a beautiful, slow motion preview of the movie accompanied by the prelude from Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde.” The music conveys feelings of ecstasy, but the surroundings and slow motion of the characters seem to convey a sense of despair and entrapment. Could this be a dream, a melancholic nightmare? For some viewers, this will be the high point of the movie. If you keep an open mind, there is a much bigger payoff.