It's the End of the World and I Feel Fine: Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in 'Melancholia'

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 08:08 PM

"Melancholia" is being called perhaps director Lars von Trier's most commercial work, but that doesn't mean it's not a bit of a downer. Focusing on a pair of sisters contemplating the end of the world — a "rogue planet" named Melancholia is on a collision course with earth — von Trier ponders whether one sister's depression actually makes her better-equipped to deal with existential emergency.

Earlier this year, Kirsten Dunst won a best actress nod at Cannes for her performance in the role of Justine, who confronts impending doom alongside her sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Celeste Headlee sat down with Dunst and Gainsbourg to talk more about what attracted them to "Melancholia."

Much of the conversation centered on von Trier, whose rigorously experimental approach to filmmaking has divided critics, but attracted stars as diverse as Nichole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Bjork, and Catherine Deneuve.

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