Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is a raw, remote sex film
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At the same 2011 press conference that got him banned from the Cannes Film Festival for jesting, “O.K., I’m a Nazi,” Lars von Trier announced that his next film would contain “a lot of very, very unpleasant sex.” This is it. Released as a pair of two-hour films, each 30 min. shorter than the Danish director’s approved cut, Nymphomaniac takes the form of a confession made by Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to the gentle, celibate Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), who has found her beaten in an alley.