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A biweekly post updated every other Saturday detailing my continual struggle to complete my extensive movie, show, and anime list.
This one was on my list for a long time, and on paper, it looks like something that would be really up my alley. It’s highly symbolic of depression, and indeed, “melancholia” is a way I often describe the state I’m in. I call it “the melancholia,” because sometimes I’m a pompous, artsy ass. The title of the movie refers to a rogue planet of the same name set to crash into earth and destroy all life. Justine, played by Kirsten Dunst, attempts to forestall thoughts of the inevitable through marriage, but her despair is palpable throughout. No one seems to care about her feelings, and she’s constantly berated, gaslit, and made to feel bad for her inability to be happy. They are angry with her for being upset, but no one ever seems to ask her how she feels, though we, the audience, assume it’s because the world is ending, and the farce she’s forced herself to go through cannot make her forget that. It is an excellent metaphor for depression with the added facet that this is happening to everyone (the planet will destroy us all of course), but only Justine (the depressed) is unable to handle it. She tells her mother that she’s frightened, and her mom kicks her out of the room.