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A search for light in the great Dane’s darkness
Lars von Trier calls his new movie Nymphomaniac. In print advertisements for the two-part project and sometimes in editorial publications willing to play along, a pair of parentheses substitutes typographically for the o in the word. This winky flourish gives the title an emoticonically dirty look. In some posters, individual photographs of the actors starring in the Danish filmmaker’s relentlessly graphic film–including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Willem Dafoe–purport to show each player in sexual ecstasy, making what slangsters these days like to call an O-face.