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Music from the overture to Wagner’s Tristan und Isoldethunders out of the speakers at the startling prelude to Lars von Trier’s latest attempted outrage. He weaves a glimmering dreamscape of apocalypse as the music ripples and yearns. Lightning flickers from a woman’s fingers, a bride running in a forest is ensnared by dark vines, a woman carrying a child screams in silent slow-motion as her feet sink into quicksand-like grass and at the climax of it all, a planet smashes into Earth like a hammer of the gods. It’s a doomed marriage, writ large…
Melancholia is playing now in limited release. You can read the full review at Film Journal International.