Controversial director Lars Von Trier screened Melancholia at Cannes this year, but the film itself was overshadowed by the director’s propensity for putting his foot straight into this mouth. Still, Melancholia is supposed to be pretty good, in Trier’s unsettling, depressing, why-did-I-decide-to-rent-this sort of way.
The science-fiction influenced story follows a family who learn that the “rogue planet” Melancholia is heading towards the earth. Scientifically unlikely? Yes. Full of symbolism and portent? Undoubtedly. Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsborough, Alexander Skarsgard, and Kiefer Sutherland, and will reach American theaters on November 11.