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Melancholia scene

February 20, 2012

This isn’t a review for Lars von Trier‘s film Melancholia but I will say that I enjoyed the cinematography and editing.  I noticed something through the editing that caught my attention.  In this scene Kristen Dunst‘s character ‘Justine’ is talking with her brother-in-law ‘John’ played by Kiefer Sutherland.  At this point in the film John is fed up with the way Justine is acting on her wedding night.  He finds the bride (Justine) away from the wedding party in another room checking up on his son.  He approaches her with the lines “you better be god damn happy”, and she replies “yes, I should be”.  It’s obvious she’s ungrateful and she tells him “I hope you feel it’s well spent”.  He goes on to say, “well that depends on whether or not we have a deal”.  The deal is if she stays happy, he’ll feel the money has been well spent.  He begins to exit the room and tells Justine he tried to kick her mother out, and she replies “you usually do”.  During this last part of the scene there are two cuts that occur where I noticed something change.  In the background the frames on the wall switch sides between cuts.  I wonder if this has anything to do with the story, or if it was an accident?  I don’t really see this being a mistake, it was most likely a directors choice, but I wonder what the reason behind it is?

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