měl’ən-kō’lē-ə

a mental condition characterized by great depression of spirits and gloomy forebodings.

:  a mental condition and especially a manic-depressive condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions

A mental disorder characterized by depression, apathy, and withdrawal.

Freud termed melancholia as a type or relation of mourning where the patient cannot easily identify the source of the feelings of loss being experienced.

When the entire Civic Theatre is vibrating from the sound of a collision between Earth and the rogue planet Melancholia, and the entire theatre is sitting enthralled, and then it cuts to silence, and there is automatic applause, just because of how epic the moment is.  This is a film that can not be experienced again in the same way after all the glory of a multi-use venue like the Civic Theatre.  No cinema can give you the feeling that the building just might collapse around you from the utter awesomeness of the soundwaves being produced.  In that moment the world ended.  A pity for those who couldn’t stay to experience it because the story made them uncomfortable or they were bored or just didn’t like the style.  Despite this likely being his most accessible film to date, Lars von Trier is still not to be undertaken lightly.  And it showed.  It’s also funny how the people who chose to leave are so often the ones sitting right in the middle of the theatre, thus disturbing the maximum number of people in their bid to escape.  I can both understand their need to leave, and at the same time can’t.  It is a psychologically dark film—how could it not be given the subject matter—maybe some people just aren’t cut out with confronting mental illness in this way.  I don’t know.  Nothing but nothing could have induced me to get up out of my seat.

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