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The LFS Ladies Cine-Club presents 'Melancholia'
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Lars Von Trier is, in my opinion, the greatest living film director. I've seen almost his entire body of work, and I feel like a better person for it. This is a man of unbridled creativity whose films deftly explore so many aspects of life. His best, in my opinion, is Dancer in the Dark

, a strange musical starring Bjork which

will

make you bawl your eyes out. Bjork will never act again, she says, because Trier “broke my soul” to get such a heart-wrenching performance out of her (it worked). Another favorite is

Antichrist

, a truly perverse horror film exploring concepts of feminism. My immediate impression after viewing was: “Lars Von Trier hates women.” However, reading and discussion about the film has indicated that perhaps it is the other way around. Themes aside, though, it's an extremely horrifying and unsettling film.

His most recent film, the followup to

Antichrist

, is entitled

Melancholia

, and it, too, is among the best of his work. The basic premise is thus: a gigantic planet is hurtling through space and passing through our solar system. It is not expected to hit Earth, but, as we see in the opening scene, it does (this isn't a spoiler; it opens with this information, then backtracks to tell the story). Don't be fooled: this isn't a disaster movie, and many people who were unfamiliar with Trier's work saw this film expecting it to be something along the lines of Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay. It is rather about the relationship between two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The first half of the film is about Justine as she is getting married at Claire and her husband's estate. The second half focuses on Claire as she deals with Justine's increasing craziness. It is a weird and wonderful film (and the fact that Kiefer Sutherland didn't get an Oscar nomination for his role is astounding).

The Louisville Film Society presents

Melancholia

as their final installment in the Ladies Cine-Club. It will be screened tomorrow at the Dreamland Film Center at 7:00. Admission is free but only open to LFS members; memberships will be available at the door. The Dreamland Film Center is located at 810 E. Market Street. Further information can be found at the LFS website.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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