Babe on Film: Melancholia

All this new footage of Mars looking all dangerous and close-up reminded me of one of the best movies I’ve ever seen – Melancholia, the winner of the 2011 Best Actress award at Cannes and not enough else.

There is really only one way to watch this movie: French dubbing on, subtitles off. Volume turned up as high as it will go. Turn off all the lights (or, better yet, rent out your local movie theater and use it as a private viewing room). Take off all your clothes. Enjoy one of the most transformative theatrical experiences of your life. It’s like a sauna for your soul.

The movie is roughly eight hours and fifteen minutes (or so), but I swear you don’t even feel the hours passing by. It’s the story of two sisters – one depressed (Kirsten Dunst), one anxious (Charlotte Gainsbourg), both chic (duh), as they wait for the world to literally explode. By the way, you find this out in the first two minutes of the movie, so I didn’t ruin anything for you, but I’ll let you see the rest for yourself. It’s fantastic.

A quick note before I finish: Like I see no harm in enjoying Galliano Dior, I see no harm in enjoying an excellent movie from before Lars von Trier decided to open his big mouth and ruin Kirsten Dunst’s chances at an Oscar. But, if you’re really worried about bad cinematic karma, my shaman Steve suggests following it up with a screening of the Melanie Laurent parts of “Inglourious Basterds.”

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