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Lars Von Trier Is Now Sober But Fears His Filmmaking Career Could Be Over


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Danish director Lars Von Trier has revealed he is undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and is now sober. Speaking to the newspaper Politiken, von Trier says he now attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily, but worries about the effect his new fund sobriety may have on his filmmaking career.

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The 58 year old director revealed to the newspaper that almost all his films had been written under the influence, explaining that he felt drinking a bottle of vodka daily helped him enter a “parallel world” necessary for creation. However he now fears that coming off both alcohol and drugs might mean he could only produce “shitty films”.

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'Nymphomaniac' Hits U.S Screens Tonight - But Will Everyone Watch It At Home?


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Lar Von Trier’s controversial film (that’s almost become a mandatory sentence hasn’t it?) ‘Nymphomaniac Vol 1’ hits America tonight (March 21) on a limited basis. But considering the movie has been available on-demand since March 7 in the U.S. through distributor Magnolia Pictures, will anyone go and see it at the cinema?

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We’re talking about those moments you watch a sex scene with your parents. It’s awkward enough at home let alone in the cinema, and while – of course – no kids will be attending the multiplex to check out the steamy number, watching explicit sex scenes in public isn’t the most comfortable way to spend a Friday evening. Especially when the option to watch it at home is very much available.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II Trailer


Joe is a fiercely determined 50-year-old woman whose sexual drive has taken over her entire life. Her story of how she ended up injured in an alleyway and subsequently being nursed back to health by the curious Seligman deepens and darkens in this half of the story, as she relays tales of how her sexuality has caused so much damage. In a bid to somehow recover from her nymphomania, she attends a therapy group, but she also can't resist meeting a therapist of a different kind as she finds new and more dangerous ways to challenge herself and her sexuality. Her pleasure through pain has led her to a potential job with a group of criminals who are looking for somebody to inflict pain on their victims. But with such instable people around her, just how close is she to landing in some serious trouble?

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Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniacs: Volume 1' Intensely Depicts One Women's Excessive Sexual Desires [Pictures & Trailer]


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The controversial, and highly racy, upcoming Lars Von Trier film 'Nymphomaniac: Volume 1' has been the center of a great deal of media attention for the past couple of years, and in a matter of weeks eager cinemagoers will be able to find out why there was such an uproar.

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Director Lars Von Trier in a promotional shot

The movie, which is split into two parts, follows the story of a women named 'Joe' who is saved, after being badly beaten in an alley-way, by a man named 'Seligman', and after taking her to his apartment and tending to 'Joe's' wounds, she then recalls her past life of excessive desires.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Trailer


Joe has always known she's been completely obsessed with sex ever since she was a young girl. Her excessive desires would see her meet man after man after man, eventually with little ability to remember who was who. Her fantasies were extreme; she wanted to rebel against the idea of love by allowing herself to be used by men as if she were an object. When she finds herself lying in an alleyway in her fifties having been badly beaten by an as yet unknown perpetrator, she is rescued by a charming older man named Seligman who takes her to his home and offers her a pick-me-up and a bed for the night. It's there she uncovers her entire sexual history, though with none of the joy it brought her as a young woman. Instead, she is despondent and filled with a heart-breaking self-hatred as Seligman tries to offer some wise words of comfort.

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Jamie Bell Met A Naked Lars Von Trier, Smacked Gainsbourg Without A Hello. Nymphomaniac Anyone?


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If Jamie Bell’s account is anything to go by, working with Lars Von Trier is a truly unforgettable experience. The young British actor has recounted the Danish director’s strange directing techniques with The Guardian in an interview, and they involve meeting him, totally naked (Von Trier, not Bell) and smacking Charlotte Gainsbourg with pleasantries skipped.

NymphomaniacJamie Bell, pictured far right, plays 'K' in Nymphomaniac.

"I'd just got to Copenhagen to begin shooting. Thomas was showing me around: 'We built this set here, this is where the production design room is.' Then we had to walk past this outdoor pool and there was Lars with a towel in his hand,” explained bell. “He dropped the towel, he shook my hand – he was stark bollock-naked – and he said, 'Do you want to come for a swim?' And I said, 'I'm all right man, I just got here, I've still got my suitcase, so I'll wait.'"

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With 96%, Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Could Be 2014's Best Movie


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We've been writing about Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac for a couple of years now, reporting on the explicit sex scenes, the madness, the whole circus. Through it all we've been bracing ourselves for a movie that we know is basically a massive practical joke on us, though now it's here, it seems Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 could be one of the cinematic highlights of 2014.

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It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard) who takes her home. As he sees to her wounds, Joe recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood, told in flashbacks.

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Nymphomaniac Review


Excellent

At four hours long, this drama is as confrontational as anything we've seen by Lars von Trier (Melancholia), but it's also perhaps his most humane and hopeful film yet. This is a challenging, complex exploration of human sexuality, but it's told with a surprisingly light touch, allowing humour and warmth to seep in around the edges. So even if it's darkly haunting and occasionally shocking, violent or sexually explicit, it's so recognisably honest that we can't help but be moved.

This is the story of Joe (played as a teen by Martin and as an adult by Gainsbourg), who is found near death in an alleyway and nursed back to health by the kindly Seligman (Skarsgard). While she recovers from her injuries, she tells him about her life, which has been defined by sex since she was 2 years old. She loses her virginity as a teen to the greasy biker Jerome (LaBeouf), who will re-enter her life two more times over the following decades. Through the years she struggles to understand love, which she sees as lust plus jealousy. Then when she suspects that love might be the secret ingredient for good sex, her subsequent experiences take her down an unexpected road.

Flashbacks to Joe's life are sequential, so as she narrates her story we experience it along with her. This includes her riotous teen years preying on men as a game, protesting with her friends against a love-fixated society. Getting sex is easy, but making sense of it is something else. She tries being randomly cruel to men, and having a master (Bell) physically abuse her. She experiences love and motherhood, and eventually finds a career as an enforcer for a loan shark (Dafoe). Along the way, Martin and Gainsbourg deliver unflinching performances that let us see Joe's soul. And Skarsgard takes our breath away in an unusually introspective, wrenching role.

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Forget Shia LaBeouf's Diva Act, 'Nymphomaniac' Is A Runaway Berlin Hit [Trailer + Pictures]


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Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie Nymphomaniac has gone down a storm with critics after having premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. However, cast member Shia LaBeouf, who has been doing a lot of bizarre things recently in the name of performance art, drew unnecessary attention to himself by walking out of the press conference and appearing with a paper bag on his head on the red carpet.

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That There, That's Shia LaBeouf...Promise!

After being asked about the movie's explicit sex scenes, of which apparently there are many, Shia quoted footballer Eric Cantona's famous 1995 line: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea" before making his exit, according to BBC News. He later appeared on the red carpet for the premiere screening wearing a brown paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it with two eye holes.

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At Berlin Press Conference, Shia LaBeouf Quotes Cantona, Gets Up, Leaves


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Shia LaBeouf walked out of a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival after quoting Eric Cantona's famous line, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

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LaBeouf - in Berlin to promote Lars Von Trier's new movie Nymphomaniac, of which he is the star- later appeared on the red carpet wearing a paper bag on his head. Written on it was the words, "I am not famous any more," according to BBC News.

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Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Lars Von Trier, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf - 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'Nymphomaniac' - Photocall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th February 2014

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Lars Von Trier, Uma Thurman and Stacy Martin - 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'Nymphomaniac' - Photocall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th February 2014

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Lars Von Trier and Bente Froge - 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) -'Nymphomaniac' - Premiere - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 9th February 2014

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Lars Von Trier and Bente Froge
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Stellan Skarsgard, Bente Fröge, Lars Von Trier, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Stacy Martin
Stellan Skarsgard, Bente Fröge, Lars Von Trier, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Stacy Martin

Lars Von Trier, Stellan Skarsgard and Christian Slater - Photo call for Nymphomanic Volume 1, 64th Berlin International Film Festival, (Berlinale) at the Hyatt Potsdamer Platz - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 9th February 2014

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Lars Von Trier, Uma Thurman, Stacey Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, Shia Labeouf and Louise Vesth
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Lars Von Trier, Uma Thurman, Stacey Martin, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater and Shia Labeouf

Lars Von Trier Wednesday 18th May 2011 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 8 - Melancholia - Photocall Cannes, France

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Dunst and Lars Von Trier
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Lars Von Trier

Date of birth

30th April, 1956

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.70




Lars Von Trier Movies

Nymphomaniac: Volume II Trailer

Nymphomaniac: Volume II Trailer

Joe is a fiercely determined 50-year-old woman whose sexual drive has taken over her entire...

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Trailer

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Trailer

Joe has always known she's been completely obsessed with sex ever since she was a...

Nymphomaniac Movie Review

Nymphomaniac Movie Review

At four hours long, this drama is as confrontational as anything we've seen by Lars...

Melancholia Movie Review

Melancholia Movie Review

Von Trier continues to challenge audiences with his bold, bleak storytelling. As always, he creates...

Melancholia Trailer

Melancholia Trailer

In a grand castle located in the beautiful countryside, Justine and Michael have married. They...

Antichrist Movie Review

Antichrist Movie Review

Von Trier is a filmmaking genius, but this will challenge even his faithful fans. The...

The Boss Of It All Trailer

The Boss Of It All Trailer

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The Boss of It All Movie Review

Lars von Trier seems like a smart fellow and to that end, I don't believe...

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