Besides being the film whose Cannes press conference caused such a ruckus, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia was one of the most fascinating movies to play at that festival this year. The beautiful and ambitious film is comprised of two segments: Part one takes place at the drama-filled wedding reception of Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard (how’s that for a gorgeous couple), and part two, a while later, follows a severely depressed Dunst, her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland) as they await the possible collision between Earth and the newly-discovered planet Melancholia. Dunst’s performance won her the Best Actress prize at Cannes and could score her an Oscar nod (though it’s quite a crowded field this year). Audiences can currently see Dunst and Skarsgard as newlyweds on demand or when the film hits theaters on Nov. 11; in the meantime, here’s an exclusive clip of the pair near the beginning of the film as they try to maneuver a stretch limo on a winding and narrow driveway. The clip doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the film’s gravitas, but it gives you a sense of Von Trier’s uniquely naturalistic style.
Posted October 7 2011 — 11:00 AM EDT
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