Wednesday, October 19, 2011
About being alone in the universe
I did not like any of the movies of Lars von Trier, until there was Melancholia, which I saw about two weeks ago. First of all it's simply a very beautiful movie, with beautiful music and visuals. Secondly it is deeply disturbing, but not in a way other LvT movies usually are. There was nothing offending or revolting about it. There was desperation, humiliation, resignation and fear (as always), but this time it felt affective and almost appealing, which I think is due to the whole 19th century romanticism theme the movie is based on. There is not only Wagner, there is also the painters, the writers and the philosophers, the ones, who engage in the so called counter-enlightenment and hold feelings above reason. The constant awareness of being alone - in the universe and thus in life - results in a sentimental weariness of life, a very ambivalent longing for the apocalypse to put an end to all the yearning and the pointlessness.
Melancholia captures those moody thoughts very well, even though without much story stelling. As Lars von Trier said in an interview, he wanted the movie come close to the depth of Dostojewski's Brothers Karamazov or The Idiot without all the novel's talking, without beeing tied to a stupid plot. I believe he succeeded.
The director is convinced of being alone in the universe: "We are. But noone wants to realize it. They keep wanting to push limits and fly wherever. Forget it! Look inward!"