The unhappy panic in face of death because they have not had a chance to be happy yet and therefore see death as a kind of swindle: a confiscation of hope
October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Sci-Fi “plot” of Melancholia relieves the usual L.v.T. dysfunction and madness; but itself adds nothing; it neither contributes nor inspires reflection; it is… a gimmick.
Its principal claim — that the unhappy, having nothing to lose will die calmly, while the happy, having something to lose, will panic — is actually false: experience suggests the opposite: the unhappy panic in face of death because they have not had a chance to be happy yet and therefore see death as a kind of swindle — a confiscation of hope; but the happy having tasted happiness, are sated and calm in the face of death: happiness is not measured by the day or the pound; it is systemic: it either is or isn’t.
The introductory 3 minutes of the film (birds falling from the sky in slow motion, black horses falling in an intensely green landscape, etc.) is the only good part of the film and could easily have been extended to the entire 120 minutes — why wasn’t it?
And why did the music have to be that German fellow?