This is the first Lars Von Trier film I have ever seen. I've heard mixed reports on his films, so it seemed to make sense to start with a sci-fi title.
I had heard that the initial opening of the film makes very clear that the Earth is doomed, showing the Earth being consumed when it collides with the planet Melancholia. However, I was expecting that to make up the majority of the opening before we got to meet the real characters.
What the opening actually turns out to be is a whole bunch of stylised shots placed one after the other and set to classical music, all hinting at events to come later in the film. Bizarrely there's one showing a boy sharpening a stick AFTER the one showing the destruction of the Earth.
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