Watch: It’s the end of the world as Kirsten Dunst knows it in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia”

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In fact, it looks like it's the end of the world as everyone knows it, as a formerly unknown planet threatens to slam into our precious little Earth, wiping out Ms. Dunst and her apparently unhappy marriage, as well as costars Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. But hey, that's quite possibly a better fate than the one that awaited Gainsbourg in her previous von Trier film, Antichrist. And while that film made its verdant countryside setting the site of truly horrifying happenings, this one makes Armageddon seem enchantingly beautiful.

Quick warning/promise: there is some brief NSFW nudity, so you may need to wait until after 10 a.m. to watch this:

I'm going to admit it: I was madly, madly turned off by Antichrist, and so I had assumed I would approach all future von Trier films with severe trepidation. But the truth is, I am definitely on board with this film as long as everyone keeps their genitals.

(Unrelated: anyone who can identify the piece of music that starts at 00:48 for me gets a gold star for the day.)