Lars von Trier's Melancholia on DVD

March 20, 2012 2:16 PM

Scenes from Lars von Trier's Melancholia

It's the end of the world as we know it – how do you feel?

That's what we contemplated yesterday, given it was the first day of Spring and rebirth necessitates death. Also, we watched Lars von Trier's Melancholia and got a little obsessed with our own mortality, wondering who was a Justine and who was a Claire. I always thought I was a Carrie, but watching the film's sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), face the potential destruction of the earth by a rogue planet, I realized I was probably the one who wouldn't be able to accept The End if it came.

To come to that conclusion, I took Lars von Trier's big fat invitation to interpret metaphors and that led me to the workplace, where I'm prone to getting caught up in futile battles instead of going with the flow. I might be driven by passion, but the result is as productive as Sisyphus pushing a boulder up a hill.

In leadership seminars you're taught to identify what you can and what you cannot control in a situation, then focus your effort on the things that you can control.

So, if an unstoppable change – even an ending – is about to come, I say stop wasting energy fighting it. Conserve your energy for what lies ahead.

To celebrate Spring we're giving away a copy of Melancholia on DVD, courtesy of eOne films. The film features two strong female characters and, as you can probably tell from the Ophelia-like poster artwork and the title, it deals with themes of anxiety and depression (but not in the glossy Eat, Pray, Love kind of way) and although it might take your mind to some dark places, it can ultimately help you to lighten up a little.

TO WIN: Tell us what you're going to try to not get stressed out about anymore in the Facebook comments below.



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