Nymphomaniac: Volume I 2014 NR CC

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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac (Charlotte Gainsbourg), discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor (Stellan Skarsgrd), recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young adulthood as he tends to her wounds.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård
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1 hour 58 minutes

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I

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Genres Drama
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård
Supporting actors Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Ronja Rissmann, Maja Arsovic, Sofie Kasten, Ananya Berg, Anders Hove, James Northcote, Charlie Hawkins, Clayton Nemrow, Simon Böer, Jeff Burrell, Andreas Grötzinger, Jens Albinus
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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This is a very good and sexual movie.
jeffrey r marris
I tried a few times, only I never came to the end because I just got bored, confused and disgusted and still couldn't make head or tail of it.
Skywalker
Nymphomaniac pushes the boundaries of nudity in movies as well as the simple subject matter of Lars Von Trier films.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By MoVwatcher20 on March 20, 2014
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"Nymphomaniac," a two-part drama from director Lars von Trier, tackles the issue of sex addiction as brutally and unapologetically as "Requiem for a Dream" did with drug addiction. And while this film is unlikely to receive the kind of accolades that "Requiem" did upon its release, it is still a deeply moving film that explores a very real and very disturbing problem. The film boasts a number of well-known actors, including Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers) and Christian Slater (True Romance), who each bring the film to life with all-around solid performances.

The film, right from the opening scene, lets you know pretty quickly what you're in for. It opens in England on a snowy evening where a woman (Gainsbourg) lies beaten and unconscious in an alleyway, where she is helped by a lonely older man named Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard). After she refuses to let him call the police, he takes her back to his apartment, where of course, he asks to know what happened to her. The woman, named Joe, reveals to him that she is a nymphomaniac and explains that in order for him to truly understand how she ended up in the alley, she would have to start from the very beginning. This is where the story really begins, and through extended flashbacks, we are transported to the earlier days of Joe's life (the younger Joe is played by Stacy Martin), beginning with her childhood where she was raised by her cold, distant mother (Connie Nielson) and her devoted father (Christian Slater). Troubled by her parents' dysfunctional relationship, Joe has gone through life with an antagonistic view of love. She also finds it difficult to feel emotionally connected to anyone or anything. In fact, the only means she has of filling this void is through sex.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ben Pieper on March 30, 2014
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Respect or despise him, Lars von Trier is one of the most talented directors in international cinema today. Over the past few years von Trier has infuriated me with Dogville, scarred me with Antichrist, and hypnotized me with Melancholia. I happen to thoroughly enjoy all of these films as cinematic experiences, even if I wouldn’t necessarily want to watch them again or even recommend them to anybody (well, I wouldn’t recommend Antichrist to just anybody).

As a fan of the director’s work, I was naturally drawn to what was being billed as a four-plus hour opus: Nymphomaniac. Myriad rumors have emerged in the past year leading up to the film’s two-part release about whether or not the actors actually participated in the sex their characters have onscreen. Art house release disadvantages aside, it is ironic that sex doesn’t seem to be selling this movie very well at all; but it is fitting that the old adage does not apply to von Trier’s latest. The film’s commercial release is not unlike last year’s Spring Breakers; a film that lures viewers in with the no-thinking-required tantalization of sexy young starlets but ends up conveying a much-thinking-required societal message. Despite the fact that the film is full of sex scenes, Nymphomaniac is more likely to satiate viewers intellectually then give them a snuff film fix.

Coming from a man who has opened his films with slow-motion sequences of apocalyptic planet collisions and infants falling to their death, the first part of von Trier’s two-part project is surprisingly amiable in its tone. In this way, the inviting, although brooding, film mirrors the demeanor of the kindly Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) an old man who takes in Jo (Charlotte Gainsbourg) a woman whom he finds beaten in an alley.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By NicoleGarofolo on March 19, 2014
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Although this film is controversial for its extremely graphic sex scenes, I feel it is in some ways less gratuitous than in many mainstream films. It feels natural with the storyline. The acting is superb, the story riveting, and the photography beautiful. I started this movie intrigued by the controversial elements and completely forgot about them by the end. I definitely recommend this film for those with an open mind.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on March 28, 2014
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There are a handful of directors who have created such buzz surrounding their distinct voices that there is talk about them, their films and their methods with every film, before, after and even long after he’s moved on to something else. Lars von Trier is probably the king of this. Since his start in the early 90’s, von Trier has graced audiences (small audiences, but audiences) with his perverse and often shocking depictions of sexuality, sexism and masochism. Sometimes, he finds ways to shade his own ideas, philosophies, theories and musings with enough style and depth to make them feel warranted, making the shock of it all carry the weight it needs to sit on our palate.

And then other times he just shows us a lot of pictures of genitals and expects us to feel something other than repulsion.

Now, I’ve been a longstanding champion of von Trier and his vision. While others have tossed many disparaging remarks his way and have taken arms against some of his more recent films, I’ve stood my ground and played devil’s advocate in his favor. ‘Antichrist’ was a pretty disturbing film, but when all was said and done there was an underlying purpose to von Trier’s madness, and while it didn’t all translate how he would have liked (or at least how the audience would have liked) there is no denying that von Trier had a pretty bold narrative and some pretty confident points to entertain, and the core performance from Charlotte Gainsbourg was astonishingly grounded in the context of the film (such a fearless performance, through and through).

I can’t defend this.

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 & 2’ is basically a four hour film that recounts a young woman’s many, many, many sexual trysts.
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