Who is André Myette?

André Myette is a Canadian born and raised graphic designer, independent artist and writer. His first published work is 'Humbug!' a graphic novel about the further adventures of Ebeneezer Scrooge in a steam-punk inspired London it was followed by 'Horseshoes& Hand Grenades' a black and white series of self contained stories. André currently resides in Truro, Nova Scotia with his fianceé Jennifer, and three cats Presley, Klaatu and Lebowski.

Film Review: Melancholia

Title: Melancholia
Directed by: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård
Rating (Out of 5):★★★★

This film is hard to describe in a generalization. My girlfriend asked me right after I finished watching it what it was about and it took me a while to form it into words. At it’s core it’s a film about depression and it’s stranglehold on one particular woman but also how that depression leaves her more prepared than anyone when the end of the world comes. Lars Von Trier has created a beautiful film about the impending destruction of Earth, which is basically what this film is about. Split into two parts the first “Justine” which follows the titular character on her wedding day, trudging through what supposed to be the greatest day of her life as her squabbling relatives do little to make anything easier. She finds herself lost in depression, trying to feel happy in a situation she knows is supposed to breed bliss but letting it all slip by as she’s unable to find the tiniest joy in any of it, and ultimately falls into a self destructive spiral that plagues many depression victims.

The second part “Claire” follows Justine’s sister and her family as they care for Justine whose fallen deep into her illness. Kiefer Sutherland plays Claire’s star gazing husband and does a good job, as it’s through his character we learn of the potential threat of Earth’s existence, Melancholia, a massive blue telluric planet (Super Earth) that was hiding behind our sun and is about to pass Earth and potentially collide with it. The opening segment of this film with shows quite possibly the most beautiful rendition of the world ending I have ever seen is nothing short of magnificent. The imagery the film creates is fantastic, sending you on the same emotional journey as it’s characters, watching Justine’s continued descent into mental illness leaves you feeling depressed as well, and seeing her trudge through existence leaves you wondering ‘what’s the point?’ along with her.  Hopefully you can appreciate the emotion invoking possibilities in a film as this one is full of them. The use of the title “Melancholia” for the film as well as the name of the planet is particularly poignant also and if you need me to explain why then I would suggest you consult a dictionary.

Von Trier said in an interview that during a bout of depression he realized that it is those gripped tightly in the hold of despair that are the calmest in a crisis, and that’s where he got the idea for the film. This concept really shines through in the movie as Claire begins to lose herself in hysteria at the potential end of the world while Justine remains unperturbed and in the end far more useful. I highly recommend this movie for film lovers especially as it provides some truly amazing cinematography. For the casual viewer this film shows you the beauty in the terrifying and an odd sort of comfort in an ending…even “The” ending. My fellow ‘Endless Podcast’ cast mates and I are huge fans of the works of Chris Ware who is the mastermind behind the “Acme Novelty Library” . His work often makes you face the sadder aspects of life such as depression, loneliness, emotional isolation and death but does so with a sort of eloquence, a sort of symmetry. “Melancholia” reminds me very much of his work and I hope anyone who watches it will be as touched by it as I was.  It’s message is likely different for everyone but to me it left me feeling that even though life can seem cold, cruel and pointless, that even in it’s tragic frailty, if you look close enough… you can still find the beautiful.