Nothing Melancholic about the Aubin Cinema

Posted: October 9, 2011 in Brick Lane, Cinema, East London, Lars Von Trier
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As a movie junky I have no excuses to have never visited the Aubin Cinema on Redchurch Street, which is located under the Aubin & Wills shop and is a true find.

The theatre consists of 29 single seats and 8 two people sofas (all with blankets if preferred). If that wasn’t enough each chair has its own little table with drink holder for your tipple of choice whether it be beer, wine or plain water. The intimacy of the venue really adds to the movie going experience. The prices are a little more expensive than your standard cinema, however I can assure you that the value far outweighs the price.

The movie I saw was Lars Von Trier’s latest epic ‘Melancholia’. The film’s plot revolves around an unknown planet that threatens to collide into the earth. During this time of uncertainty,  Von Trier splits the movie into two parts, highlighting a continuous story from the perspective of two troubled sisters (Kirsten Dunst & Charlotte Gainsbourg).

The film has an unusual high number of Hollywood stars (for a Von Trier movie) including Kieffer Sutherland and John Hurt. Although Sutherland adds a darker humour to the film the surprise highlight is Dunst’s performance as the tormented Justine.

The plot & dialogue feels a little weak at times, however the opening sequence and score is truly a thing of cosmic beauty.  The final sequence is possibly one of the most powerful and visually astounding I have ever seen. The theatre, clearly aware this impact slowly increased the volume accordingly which only intensified the movies finale. 

It’s hard to discuss the ending further without a spoiler, however the 5 minutes of pure silence after its completion was the first I had seen. No one was in a hurry to leave their seats as we were trying to take every last part in before we braved the cold outside.

The film itself maybe wasn’t Von Trier’s greatest and a ‘slow burner’, however the sequences mentioned have to be witnessed in a cinema, and at present I couldn’t think of one better than the Aubin. 


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