a revealing poll would be:
a) i liked melancholia and i have experienced what the main characters went through
b) i liked melancholia and i have not experienced what the main characters went through
c) it was boring and i experienced what the main characters went through
d) it was boring and i have not experience what the main characters went through
my point is that almost everyone i've talked to about it were split between a) and d).
well i would venture to guess that the level of depression she experiences is pretty rare so no i haven't experienced that. but i think its kind of unfair to assume people who didn't like the movie have never experienced depression in some form. i have. not to that extent, or anywhere close to that extent, but either way i can identify with what she goes through at least in some way.
my problem stems more from how he paints the other characters, as either shallow, stupid, hypocritical or drunk. and i don't buy that he was painting them only from her perspective. we are never given any indication that the perspective of the film is first-person through her eyes. we are seeing her from third person just like every other character. he doesn't seem to just want to show us her condition, but prove to us that her perspective is ultimately right. i honestly believe Lars Von Trier hates people and thinks the world sucks. and what's worse, instead of trying to change things he seems to have adopted this "fuck it, i'll just join the ride and laugh as the fake happy people realize life will come to an end and everything is hopeless" attitude that annoys me.
*edit: oh and i'll add "weak" to the list of characteristics he paints his characters with. everyone in the movie is presented as weak. crumbling under the weight of their own shallowness. breaking down when things got bad. except Justine, who's spirit improves as the world ends. because she's the only one who understood the whole time just how hopeless life is.