(Nov 11, Angelika Film Center)
Let's try to put aside the whole Hitler-sympathizing scandal director Lars Von Trier got himself into at this year's Cannes Film Festival and focus on the film; Melancholia
is a daring, hypnotic, and visually arresting piece of work with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, True Blood'
s out-of-this-world-sexy Alexander Skarsgård, and Kirsten Dunst in a starring role that won her the Best Actress Award at Cannes (ah, how we've missed you, Kiki). Tapping into this season's preoccupation with the end of the world, (need we mention hurricanes, earthquakes, or the dashing Harold Camping and his unrealized Rapture?) Von Trier takes the common theme of hopeless love to a somewhat literal level by pitting a weekend wedding against impending mass-destruction—in this case, a mysterious, previously undiscovered planet that threatens to collide with Earth.
More existential and somewhat less romantic than Weekend
or Like Crazy
offers some of the year's most beautiful imagery, most heartbreaking subject matter, and most marvelous return of our favorite child-vampire turned peppy-cheerleader turned ginger spider-kisser. You may need a sunny walk in the park to cheer yourself up after this one (or maybe even a Xanax), but don't let that keep you away, because whether it's Lars Von Trier's redemption song, or his swan song, it's certainly one not to miss.
Angelika Film Center; 18 West Houston Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street); 212-995-2570.