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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2 by Lars von Trier, 2013 (NR)

A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac reveals a lifetime of sexual experiences to a man who saves her from being beaten in an alley. As the aging but charming bachelor tends to the woman, she shares erotic details of encounters from her youth to her present.
The second half of Lars von Trier's epic follows self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe as she chronicles her adult years to the man who saved her from a beating. Her tales include new conquests, both male and female, in her search for fulfillment.
From the director of Melancholia, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, The Idiots

I was so afraid this was a movie hard to watch that it flowed a lot better. Still, the topics are quite uncomfortable, ethics are questioned with a mirroring constant normalization, or to the least some religious or scientific explanation (justification). The performances of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård are at time fascinating, at time too lecturing. Never the less, it's educating. The young version of Joe lacks a little bit of energy, which drags a little bit the movie. Jamie Bell is amazing, his character nearly incomprehensible, which makes it even more particular. Uma Thurman has the monologue of her life, chaotic, powerful and broken, all at the same time, beautiful. Shia LaBeouf... Hum, this one is tricky. He is slick, in his character, impeccable to a fault, his American ways are sometimes leaving him on the surface of what is character could give to the story... The NR means NR in this case, it is quite graphic, but overall, has missed perhaps its audience because of that. Sad.
Additional comment that was highlighted by a friend: the interesting similarity between Nymphomaniac and Under The Skin, in the way the main character is in control the entire movie, and (spoiler), shifts at the end to a situation where it makes you realize that she was indeed in control until then, because it is not obvious till then... Something to think about...

with Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia), Stellan Skarsgård (Thor 2: The Dark World, Marvel's Avengers, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia, Thor), Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf (Constantine, Lawless, The Company You Keep), Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer, Billy Elliot, Man on a Ledge), Willem Dafoe (Out of the Furnace, Paris Je T'aime, Fireflies in the Garden, The English Patient, Farewell, Daybreakers), Mia Goth, Jean-Marc Barr (Making Plans for Lena - Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras Pas Danser, Côte d'Azur - Crustacés et coquillages), Christian Slater, Uma Thurman (Playing for keeps, Bel Ami, Prime), Sophie Kennedy Clark (Dark Shadows, Philomena), Connie Nielsen (Perfect Sense - The Last Word)

watch trailer:
Part I

Part II


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