1. Kirsten Dunst– Melancholia– In Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic new film, Dunst creates one of cinema’s most fully realized portraits of numbing depression. In all of her performances, Dunst has shown a skill sometimes greater than the films she is in. Here, she takes the role of Justine, a woman who self-destructs on her wedding night and takes shelter with her sister as the planet Melancholia goes on a collision course with Earth. Key Scene: In the deepest part of her depression, Justine even needs help getting down to the dinner table. Her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) made meatloaf, her favorite dish. When Justine tastes it, her face crumbles, and she says it tastes like ash. That’s all that will be left of the planet in a couple days, and she can’t wait.
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