As a fan of Lars von Trier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and pretty much any “wedding movie” with a dark premise (don’t ask), I’m excited about this. Salon writer Drew Grant already referred to it as “Rachel Getting Married meets Donnie Darko,” which seems fair, at least from this trailer.
Either way, von Trier’s upcoming film Melancholia looks like a departure in story/plot for him, while still retaining that “beautiful-but-uncomfortable-and-slightly-ridiculous” quality he (usually) pulls off so well.
The Wikipedia page for this movie says:
Trier has said that he considers all of his previous films to end happily, and that this will be the first with an unhappy ending.
Oh yes, of course, because Dancer in the Dark was basically the Wizard of Oz of our time. I wouldn’t expect anything less from this smart ass, insane, and genius filmmaker.