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Two films about love, death, and the apocalypse.

Melancholia (2011)

This is a truly exquisite film, though it lives up to its mournful title. Directed by acclaimed Danish auteur Lars von Trier, Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as two sisters, Justine and Claire, facing down the apocalypse together, as a planet named “Melancholia” is set on a collision course with Earth. Each deals with it in a very different way.

Claire despairs at their fate and rages with hysterics against the dying of the light; her deeply depressed sister, by stark contrast, simply resigns herself to the coming catastrophe…

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