“When I talked to Lars on Skype, I was like, “But he’s so shy and sweet!” He gets mad with me when I said that, because he says I’m ruining his image.”
"It’s a great shame that we melancholiacs don’t value rituals. I’m having a tough time at parties myself. Now we’ll all have fun, fun, fun. Perhaps because melancholiacs set the stakes higher than at just a few beers and some music… It seems so phony. Rituals are, you know. But if rituals are worth nothing, that goes for everything."
Lars von Trier, Melancholia press kit
C’est toujours ainsi qu’il a vu le monde, observé les êtres, dans une brume de mélancolie que nul rayon de joie ne parvenait à percer.
Cette mélancolie qu’ont les femmes qui ont cherché le bonheur et qui n’ont trouvé que l’amour.
I was pushed to my limit in Melancholia, but I was willing to go there. For the last shot, with me, Kirsten, and the little boy all together, Lars said, “I want to have a bit of an experiment with you. Every morning I’d like to shoot this scene. Again. You can listen to whatever you want, do whatever you need. I don’t know what I’m looking for, but it’s the end of the world and I want to see an expression of something.” It was terrifying, because at a point, it wasn’t acting anymore. The suffering and the cruelty of the moment was horrible.
Charlotte Gainsbourg describes filming the final scene of Melancholia.