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Nymphomaniac Vol I & Vol II

Directed by Lars Von Trier
Vol. I: Contains strong real sex and very strong language / Vol. II: Contains strong violence, strong real sex and strong sex references
DURATION: 241 mins
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Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. Nymphomaniac has an all-star cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mia Goth and Uma Thurman.

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1 Comment for 'Nymphomaniac Vol I & Vol II'

  • Moeez

    09/03/14 • 12:37 PM

    It was fantastic. It's sometimes hard to summarise a LVT film with an immediate reaction right after, but I can try. Even though it's ponderous, the 4 hour length felt fine because you want to understand and know as much about Joe's character as possible. It's a rebellious life odyssey down the dense paths it takes in Joe's world of sexuality. In each of LVT's films, there's humanity found with the more offbeat characters and journeys they take and this is probably the most multi-faceted tale yet. I can see quite a lot of different interpretations coming from it, and my take is that from the dualistic natures of both Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), mathematical analysis won't be able to grasp the beautiful chaos of humanity in the unpredictable, hilarious, and tragic roads travelled. With the framed narrative, there's quite a lot of meta storytelling fun between both main characters as they discuss Joe's flashbacks with digressions from Seligman's literary mind. There is even play with the titles of the chapters. There are some awesome soundtrack choices that perfectly fit like Talking Heads, Bach, a Jimi Hendrix cover, and even Rammstein. There are specific callbacks to Antichrist and Melancholia that are either hilarious running gags or tense expectations being built up. Shia LaBeouf seems to carry himself quite well, and I definitely want to see him do more interesting roles like here with Jerome. I see great things for Stacy Martin who plays young Joe, she brings out the rebellious time with enough sensitivity. It's surprising to hear during the Q&A that Charlotte and Stacy didn't talk about the character at all, and yet they both gelled as the same character in the movie. One comedic highlight, is the chapter "Mrs. H" which is possibly the most awkwardly hilarious black comedy I've witnessed since Todd Solondz' Happiness. While the tone of the first film has a lot of dark comedy, the second film is the more tragic variety with physically and emotionally brutal passages. Overall, the film takes many different tones, speaks a lot of different things, and manages to stay exciting throughout as you hear Joe's life through her sexual escapades. There's plenty of laughter, wincing, and beauty to be found so whether or not you care for the journey, it's not one to miss.

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Cast & Credits

Leading cast and crew members
Himself Lars Von Trier
Joe Charlotte Gainsbourg
Seligman Stellan Skarsgård
Jerôme Shia LaBeouf