Melancholia Falls

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So I think the film is slightly on the edge of plastic.

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Here and there. Would you please write that? After the initial doomsday ballet, the film falls in two parts. The other bears the title 'Claire' and covers the countdown to the end. So now she wants to get married. That's why she wants a real wedding. And everything goes well until she cannot meet her own demands. There is a recurring line: 'Are you happy? Otherwise, the wedding is silly. You must be happy now! And they all try to bring her ashore, but she doesn't really want to be part of it.

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In the film she seems unable to engage in the situation. Isn't she serious about it? In the start she is toying with it all in an off-hand manner, because she feels so on top of things that she can poke fun at it. But slowly, melancholia descends like a curtain between her and all the things she has set in motion.

And when she gets to the wedding night, she simply can't cope. And she gets it, too. In a way, she succeeds in pulling this planet from behind the sun and she surrenders to it. She really suffers from doubts.

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And when she is at the wedding which she has imposed upon herself, she is seized by that doubt. Doubt about what? A wedding, after all, is a ritual. But is there something beyond the ritual at all? There isn't. Not to her. I'm having a tough time at parties myself.

Now we'll all have fun, fun, fun. Perhaps because melancholiacs set the stakes higher than at just a few beers and some music.

And there's more of a party if we have coloured festoons. It seems so phony. Rituals are, you know.

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But if rituals are worth nothing, that goes for everything, you know. That, I suppose, is the view of the melancholiac — that everything's hollow?

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The ritual is like a film. There has to be something in the film. And then the film's plot is the ritual that leads us to what's inside. And if there's something inside and beyond, I can relate to the ritual. But if the rituals are empty, that is: if it's no longer fun to get Christmas presents or see the joy of the kids, then the whole ritual about dragging a tree inside the living room becomes empty. So, in a way that's the eternal question of the melancholiac: is it all hollow? Is there a content? And there isn't. And that's what Justine sees every time she looks at that fucking wedding.

He isn't wearing anything. She has submitted to a ritual without a meaning. And the others don't feel that? The melancholic Justine isn't just longing. She is longing for pathos and drama, Lars von Trier explains. And true values entail suffering. That's the way we think. All in all, we tend to view melancholia as more true. We prefer music and art to contain a touch of melancholia. So melancholia in itself is a value. Unhappy and unrequited love is more romantic than happy love.

For we don't think that's completely real, do we? But why does the melancholic long for shipwrecks and sudden death? Longing is true. It may be that there's no truth at all to long for, but the longing itself is true. Just like pain is true. We feel it inside. It's part of reality. How do you personally feel about the thought that the world might come to an end? As Justine says: Life is evil, right?

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And life is a wicked idea. If nobody would be in pain. Then people might say: how nasty, what about all the lives that wouldn't be lived? But I can't help seeing it all as a mean streak. What is there most of in life — misery or joy? You may argue: Orgasm. Yes, that's fine enough. But, orgasms, Ferraris and other pleasures. Yes, but with death and suffering at the other end of the scale, these weigh more, I think. And there's much more suffering and pain than pleasure.

And when you enjoy a spring day, that too is a kind of melancholy. When you're being cured of a depression, you're forced to instigate some rituals as well. Take a five minute walk, for instance. And by going through the motions, the rituals will accumulate some meaning as well. According to the motto: Fake it till you make it? However, her longings are too great. Her hankering for truth is too colossal.

I think that goes for melancholiacs in general.