The movie's 100% Rotten Tomatoes score overshadows the actor's scene-making behaviour.
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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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.
It's not known whether LaBeouf's apparent huff was due to the sniggering media's focus on his rather unorthodox audition task for the film, but his actions certainly left reporters and fans at the festival confused.
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Von Trier's movies, which include Antichrist, Melancholia and Dogville, are characteristically divisive and controversial, with his latest offering proving no different. However, Nymphomaniac, which has been split into two halves for commercial screening purposes, seems to have won over critics and has emerged as one of the most talked-about films of the year.
Reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is the yardstick for how well a movie is performing at the hands of critics and currently has a rare and coveted 100% rating, meaning all 14 of the included reviews have given Volume One a big thumbs-up. Fourteen may not sound like a great deal but represents the opinions of the film critic heavyweights who have caught an early glimpse of the film, including Variety, LA Weekly, THR, Examiner, The Guardian, Time Out, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
The movie stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-confessed nymphomaniac, or sex addict, who recounts her life story through her sexual exploits to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) who saves her life. LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe and Uma Thurman also star in the film, which has been described as a "wincingly impressive showcase" by HitFix and "A ferociously entertaining experience" by Variety.
Nymphomaniac: Volume One will be released on the 22nd February in the UK and on the 21st March in the USA.
Critics Have Thoroughly Enjoyed Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac.'
Forget About Shia LaBeouf's Bizarre Antics, 'Nymphomaniac' Is Worth Seeing.