Nymphomaniac Vol. II

(Denmark, 2014, 130 mins, DCP)
CAST Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Stellan Skarsgaard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater


Nymphomaniac is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s 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 Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

Lars von Trier tests the limits in this whip-smart, explicit, often brutally anti-erotic comedy about psychology and sexuality. Screening in two parts, each about two hours long, Nymphomaniac is bound to challenge taboos, confront and confound - we should expect nothing less from the director of Melancholia, Antichrist, Dogville and Breaking the Waves - but it’s also a sensationally entertaining slice of cinematic bravado, a must-see movie that dares you to look away.