When Lars von Trier channels his experience with depression through filmmaking, the result is an astonishingly surreal beauty. Slowly falling horses and colliding planets, stars and ravens, snow and ashes. Like slowly moving surreal paintings right before your eyes, resonating with a kind of melancholy that is both achingly beautiful and suffocating.

Melancholia is an art house fantasy drama about the impending apocalypse: a planet called Melancholia will hit the Earth in five days' time and we watch how the clinically depressed Justine (Kirsten Dunst), and her sister  Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), come to terms with the imminent End.

The movie, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Fest, is...(READ MORE)
 
 
A young woman named Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from a cult commune in the Catskills and seeks shelter in the vacation house of her estranged sister (Sarah Paulson) and her brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy). Then we watch as she gradually loses her mind. Mundane activities trigger memories of her two years' stay in the mountains with the cult that engages in "free love" and violence, with a dangerously charismatic leader (John Hawkes) who sings them beautiful country music at day, rapes them girls at night, and feeds them disturbingly twisted philosophies in between. Martha never tells any of this to her worried sister... (READ MORE)