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Lars von Trier
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This operatic meditation on the apocalypse from provocative Danish auteur Lars von Trier is visually ravishing, artistically precise and defiantly cinematic, and so is a world apart from the avant-garde stylings of his earlier Dogme 95 work. The opulent country-house wedding reception of Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård descends from social farce into nightmare (recalling Dogme cornerstone
) when her mental illness asserts itself. Later, the rogue planet of the title is revealed to be on a feared collision course with Earth - a case of narrative threat acting as a metaphor for depression - and Dunst's jittery sister Charlotte Gainsbourg nurses her through a debilitating dark mood, while boorish husband Kiefer Sutherland tries to reassure their young son that it's not the end of the world. Applying Wagner's
Tristan und Isolde
to underline the doom, von Trier creates gorgeous tableaux from the surroundings and mines trenchant symbolism from prophetic nightmares and portents (a horse and a golf cart unable to cross a bridge; a Brueghel painting bursting into flame). Never mind
, this is a cerebral kind of disaster movie with imagery and themes that prove much harder to shake.
An unhappy bride prepares for an elaborate high-society wedding at her sister's mansion. As she wrestles with her inner demons and alienates members of her family with increasingly self-destructive behaviour, Earth faces a devastating collision with another planet. Lars von Trier's sci-fi drama, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard and John Hurt.
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Lars von Trier
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30 Sep 2011
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