I’ve totally fallen off the wagon. I’m back to being a film junkie again and I love it. A friend recommended me to start with something soft, like a gateway film. She suggested a couple of films that made me question our friendship. Let’s just leave it at that. Instead I went the other way, the heavier stuff, the Scandinavian stuff. I gave my mind a slice of Danish pie.
Everybody knows who Lars Von Trier is. He is Scandinavia’s best known auteur. He is also a man that often gets surrounded by controversy (Just google it). All this doesn’t matter because he is a master filmmaker and Melancholia is his latest Mona Lisa.
Trier opens the film with a range of gorgeous slow motion shots, followed by the end of the world. The planet Melancholia crashes into Earth. The reason why Trier does this is to put the focus on the characters. Don’t bother hoping it will solve itself in the end. Just accept it and slowly open the package of unhappiness wrapped in great characters.
To be fair now I haven’t always liked Trier’s films. I’ve felt that they have been a bit too out there for my taste. A little too much vegetables on the plate if you will. However, when it comes to Melancholia I can only say great things.
Alexander Skarsgård plays Kirsten Dunst’s husband-to-be and he does it in perfect manner, showing the world that he has range far past a True Blood vampire.
And where there’s one Skarsgård another one is not far behind. Stellan Skarsgård, Papa bear, also does a great sleazy character. I do so enjoy seeing great Swedish actors in good parts abroad.
So if you’ve missed Melancholia and enjoy when films dare to be a bit more brave then I couldn’t urge you enough.