Wow. That was absolutely brilliant. It gave me chills, which is incredibly rare. An absolutely beautiful film, but I'm not sure if it's something that I'd watch again.
It's definitely a slow-burner, and has a very uneasy tension throughout the entire film. There is no
catharsis at the end, save for Justine, but in a way that adds to its beauty.
In regards to the comment by user ChrisReynold:
I feel sorry for him, as I'm sure he'd be more satisfied if he fully understood the things that he complained about.
It's easy to call someone suffering from depression unsympathetic, but until you suffer from it yourself it's easy to be unempathetic.
Yet wasn't that partly the point of the film? Justine suffered from chronic depression (that increasingly worsened) due to her knowledge of the world's impending demise. Everyone else just told her to suck it up and get over her crippling depression, yet no one actually took the time to find out what was wrong. They assumed her depression was trivial, yet their day-to-day lives were trivial in comparison.
Wouldn't YOU be melancholic if you had to live with that knowledge?
And if the psychic ability part was removed, then she wouldn't be melancholic then, would she?
I don't understand why you feel like it's out of place.
I understand his comment is nearly 5 years old now, but it's the first thing I saw when I added this film to my watchlist. It left a bad impression on me, but thankfully the movie proved him otherwise.
My only real complaint was that
the beginning made it seem like she had super powers (even when looking up the movie, images of her with the lightning immediately pop up), which wasn't the case. I understand that it was meant to be symbolic; I just had my hopes up. lol
I normally only watch these types of films once, but I'm considering making an exception with this one. It was so captivating, and I'd like to see it again with the same knowledge
(of the impending doom) that she had.