When your movie is called Nymphomaniac and is all about the unadulterated sex life of a woman, and – this is the important bit – will actually have an explicit, hardcore pornographic version, marketing becomes a problem. You might start off small, subtly turning grammatical symbols into dirty thoughts, but let’s face it, eventually you’re just going to ask your massive ensemble cast to strip down to their birthday suits, get all sweaty and pull their best “O” faces for the camera.
Which is exactly what controversial auteur Lars Von Trier has gone and done. (Warning: This may be a little NSFW.)
Why thank you, Stellan Skarsgard, I always like to start my Friday morning with the fresh taste of vomit in my mouth. Also, you can stop trying to look cool Shia LaBeouf, we all see you scratching your armpit.
The two-part, five hour long Nymphomaniac will get its first release in Trier’s home country of Denmark on December 25 (there’s a dirty joke there about Christmas coming early, but I’m rather going to leave it), before making its debut at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It’s still not yet confirmed if the hardcore version (which features extra scenes shot with body doubles showing full penetrative sex) will be the one seen at Cannes or not, but you can almost be certain that it won’t be showing up at your local cinema any time soon.
“Nymphomaniac” is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.
Last Updated: October 11, 2013