II” is now available on VOD as well and will open theatrically on April 4.) Also read: ‘Nymphomaniac': 5 WTF Moments, From Penis Montages to Christian Slater Bathroom Accidents In telling the story of a woman who has spent her life giving in to any and every sexual impulse, von Trier examines the fear and desire of love; the insatiability of human appetites; the interconnectedness of history, art and science; and the quest for personal fulfillment even when society disapproves.
If you’ve seen “Breaking the Waves” or “Antichrist,” you know that firebrand filmmaker Lars von Trier has no interest in making the sex act look the least bit erotic.
Anyone expecting some hot and heavy thumpa-thumpa from his four-hour epic “Nymphomaniac” is advised to look for thrills elsewhere. I” is currently available on VOD and in limited theatrical release; “Nymphomaniac, Vol.
As she recuperates, she begins to tell him her vast and complicated sexual history.
(Since each chapter is inspired by something in Seligman’s apartment — a fly-fishing lure, a cake fork, music by Bach — I wondered for a moment if Joe might turn out to be Keyser Söze.) The adventures of young Joe (Stacy Martin) include trolling a train-full of men with her friend B.
Her whole intent of talking to Seligman was to convince him that she is the worst of human beings, but von Trier doesn’t seem to agree with her assessment, offering up a few characters who are even worse than Joe. I” engages the viewer and draws us into the story, but by the middle of “Vol.
The recurring motif throughout Joe’s life is Jerôme (Shia La Beouf): when we first meet him, he’s the callow lad who brusquely relieves Joe of her virginity, but later he becomes her boss and then her first actual love, which of course leads to any number of complications.
For his part, Seligman can only relate Joe’s experiences to more academic pursuits — you’ll probably never see another movie about sex with this many references to “The Compleat Angler” and the Fibonacci sequence — and his interjections prompt Joe to remember her father (Christian Slater) who taught her about trees and the soul.
(Sophie Kennedy Clark) as the two compete for the most conquests.
Later, in the best sequence of “Nymphomaniac” (the term Joe prefers in describing herself), the angry wife (Uma Thurman) of one of Joe’s many partners confronts Joe for destroying her family.
Also read: Unrated ‘Nymphomaniac’ Hits Theaters Friday – But Audiences Will Get Busy at Home By the time we get to “Vol.
II,” it’s clear that Joe’s downward spiral and refusal to change — she storms out of a 12-step meeting for sex addicts and sacrifices everything for her sub-dom relationship with a blank-faced sadist (Jamie Bell) — brings her nothing but misery and loss.