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The Contenders: Kirsten Dunst of 'Melancholia'

The Contenders: Kirsten Dunst of 'Melancholia'

As Justine, the complicated young bride at the center of Lars von Trier's apocalyptic meditation on depression, "Melancholia," Kirsten Dunst is called upon to convey great depths of anguish with very little dialogue. But Dunst, 29, delivers such a nuanced, polished performance that it's easy to see Justine's grief living behind her eyes as the beautiful woman with the doomed future fumbles her way through her lavish nuptials, leaving a trail of fractured relationships in her wake. Just as the film was set to open in Los Angeles, Dunst, who took home the lead actress prize when "Melancholia" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, sat down to...

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