"...This is cream on cream. A woman's film! I feel ready to reject the film like a wrongly transplanted organ. But what was it I wanted? With a state of mind as my starting point, I desired to dive headlong into the abyss of German romanticism. Wagner in spades. That much I know. But is that not just another way of expressing defeat? Defeat to the lowest of cinematic common denominators? Romance is abused in all sorts of endlessly dull ways in mainstream products. ... I cling to the hope that there may be a bone splinter amid all the cream that may, after all, crack a fragile tooth..."
–Lars von Trier's director's statement on Melancholia