Nymphomaniac

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Genre: Dramas

Production compaines: Zentropa Entertainments

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Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

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Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman, Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme, Willem Dafoe as L, Stacy Martin as Young Joe, Udo Kier as The Waiter, Jean-Marc Barr as Debtor Gentleman, Jamie Bell as K, Mia Goth as P, Michael Pas as Old Jerôme, Shanti Roney as Interpreter, Kate Ashfield as Therapist, Sophie Kennedy Clark as B, Lien van de Kelder as Clerk in Horse Shop, Laura Christensen as Babysitter, Caroline Goodall as Psychologist

Nymphomaniac Movie Review


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.

There are so many ideas and characters in this epic drama that we can barely take them in. Some elements echo strongly, such as the musical term polyphony, suggesting that all experiences resonate as one to make us who we are. Other metaphors like Seligman continually comparing Joe's sex life to fly-fishing feel a bit forced, as does a key plot point involving a gun. Through all of this, von Trier encourages us to ask extremely deep questions about love, romance, sex and religion. And he also takes on the male-dominated focus of most Hollywood movies by telling this story from Joe's perspective. And in the end, we agree with Seligman that Joe isn't the bad person she thinks she is. She's just human, and that's worth celebrating.

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Iain Mcmanus

Jerome enters her life 3 times after initially breaking her virginity. 1. As the boss at the office. 2. At the park and end up having a child. 3. As a loan shark when he turns out to be a client they need to get money out of. Other than that I agree with this review for the most part.

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