Best Sci-fi Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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22. Melancholia

Released on: May 26, 2011

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Written by: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland

Only the brilliant Lars von Trier could take such a dark subject like mental illness and turn it into a nuanced way of discussing alien life forms, sisterly relationships, and the prison of one’s own mind. Kirsten Dunst leads an all-star cast in this film whose focus shifts from a lavish wedding to a planet named Melancholia, which is colliding with Earth. And yes, folks, that is indeed a metaphor for what Dunst’s character is going through on her wedding day.