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.
In Vol. 1, now in theaters and on video on demand (Vol. 2 arrives in a few weeks), the young Joe (newcomer Stacy Martin) has escapades with partners identified only by their initials and with the one man she loves (a sulky, uncomfortable Shia LaBeouf).