by Xavier Toby in New Film on Wednesday 4 January 2012

I wish there were a lot more of the types of films made by Lars von Trier. Each is very different but still distinctly von Trier, and each is superb. Melancholia is the follow up to the wonderfully confronting Antichrist. This is all about the end of the world, and told with an honesty and pacing that is probably much closer to the actual end of the world than all the Hollywood crap would have you believe.

von Trier populates his film with characters that are given room to develop and breathe, and actors are required to act instead of running from explosions and delivering clever one-liners. It’s slow, thoughtful storytelling where much is left to interpretation and the story exists in the broad spaces. Less like a film, it’s more like the beautiful bastard child of a song and a novel.