Melancholia: Lars Von Trier just could help kicking over the Cannes sand castle. And the media scandale of his “I’m a Nazi” logorrhoea overshadowed his film, just as the rogue planet on a collision course with Earth overshadows the wedding reception at the seaside chateau in Melancholia. Which is ironic, because this may be Von Tier’s least controversial film. Operatic visuals and vibrant performances—led by Kirsten Dunst as the depressed bride and Charlotte Gainsbourg as her sister—compensate for a slender narrative with Elsinore echoes of Festen (The Celebration), another Danish tale of dynastic doom.

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