Normally, I don’t encourage people to not look at articles we do, but if you’re under 18 or of the more prudish persuasion, then I suggest you really not check out this extremely NSFW first trailer for controversial auteur Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Nymphomaniac. If that name wasn’t too much of a dead giveaway, this movie is about sex, some of it completely explicit and unsimulated. You hear that? VERY. EXPLICIT. SEX.
If that’s not your cup of tea, then might I suggest this little diversion while the rest of you perve-I mean, people can click on through.
“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. On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, 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
*Cough cough*…. Er…. Okay, then. Two things: Firstly, yes, that girl (Stacy Martin, playing the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s character Joe) at the 1:03 mark is doing exactly what you think she’s doing. And secondly, damn Jamie Bell, you always seemed like such a nice guy.
Now you may have noticed that that video is from Vimeo, and that’s because Youtube pulled it down within a few hours of it going live, as it violated their adult content rules. And well, can you blame them?
There’s obviously going to be a huge chorus of people deriding this as nothing but Von Trier getting his porn jollies and calling it art, and honestly, I’m not certain they’re wrong. However, if there’s one thing I can say about all of Von Trier’s works, it’s that he is a superbly visual director and he always challenges the audiences to feel something. That something may be heartbreak, it may be revulsion, it may be joy, and sometimes it may even be a funny tingling sensation in the front of your pants, but there’s always something. And you clearly get that from this trailer. Both the strong direction and funny feeling in your pants, I mean.
As you may have heard, Nymphomaniac is being cut into two two-hour long parts (although a five-hour long director’s cut is still in the works, so there’s going to be even more time for those different feelings) which will be released in Von Trier’s native Denmark and Norway in December. No other release dates have been announced yet.
Last Updated: November 25, 2013