Nymphomaniac: Volume II 2014 NR CC

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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II continues the story of the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her adulthood, during which her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. With Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgrd.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård
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2 hours, 4 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård
Supporting actors Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Michael Pas, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Ananya Berg, Morgan Hartley, Andrea Thomsen, Tine Burn, Tabea Tarbiat, Janine Romanowski, Lawrence Sheldon
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By CFrey on March 20, 2014
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Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 definitely did not disappoint. It started, seemingly, directly after Volume 1 stopped. In Volume 2, Joe continues her story but delves into her more self-destructive nature. Although Volume 1 was almost entertaining and darkly humorous, Volume 2 is in typical Lars von Trier style. There is almost nothing entertaining about it, it's beautiful to watch, it's intelligent, and its very sad. As with his earlier films like "Dancer in the Dark" and "Breaking the Waves," Volume 2 of Nymphomaniac radiates the guilt/sadness/etc. of the main character. It was not pleasant to watch. Also, as usually happens in Lars von Trier films, the ending leaves the viewer in disbelief and shock. He has said before that a film should be a stone in the viewer's shoe. Nothing really wraps up nicely like a mainstream film. As always, Charlotte Gainsbourg delivered a fantastic performance and the supporting cast was great. The writing was great and so was the pacing; in fact, I sincerely hope the uncut version gets released in America. If you liked the first Volume, definitely watch the second.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mr. contrarian on August 12, 2014
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This is that rare character study which actually merits four hours. My fear was that Von Trier was going to push the boundaries of how sexually graphic a serious artistic film can be for cheap, commercial reasons. Upon reflection I see other reasons. He wants us to fully understand the loneliness, ugliness, and misery that this behavior can eventually cause. He never excuses or condemns this character. There are so many moments when 99% of women would have turned back, but this one pushes forward. It demystifies what is really going on under the surface, while still admitting there are no easy answers to "why." I predict this work be more appreciated as the years go by. It explores too many difficult truths about the way men and women see each other to be ignored.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TSC on April 7, 2014
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What is there not to like? Not something to recommend to everyone. It is to me a feminist film and a punch to the inflated egos of the so called white liberal middle class men. They do not in fact understand female sexuality anymore than the far right white christian conservatives do. This film is explicit, but not erotic or sensual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mustardseed on December 25, 2014
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Don't listen to any of the disparaging comments on here. This is an immensely complex film whose depth and ingenuity seems to have eluded most critics (and audience members, apparently). In spite of the fantasy-like nature of the story, I found all of the characters and their actions utterly human and believable.

The new Director's Cut Edition fulfills and completes what was only hinted at in the botched, sanitized version that was initially distributed. One could easily doubt whether the explicit material is necessary in telling the story, but the answer is absolutely yes. The full inclusion of "real" sex scenes in this uncensored release adds a layer of seediness and ugliness which makes Joe's journey that much sadder and more compelling. One scene in particular during the "Mirror" chapter is truly horrifying and excruciating to witness, but it is so essential in conveying one of the most painful aspects of her story that I can't even think how they could've eliminated it. One of the great successes of the film is that it manages to be funny and consistently entertaining in spite of all this.

The cast is absolutely first-rate. It's hard to single out a single best performance in either volumes, where do I even begin? Of course Charlotte Gainsbourg is a fascinating presence, as always. There are so many great character moments throughout..... Stellan Skarsgaard gives a wonderfully understated Seligman. Shia LaBeouf is perfectly slippery and self-contradicting as Joe's husband. Mia Goth's touching yet deadpan turn as P, the bruised young girl who wants to be just like Joe. Jamie Bell as the enigmatic sadist, K. (who exactly is this guy? what brought him into the business? and what was he getting out of those interactions?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 17, 2014
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I've watched the entirety of Nymphomaniac and am rather impressed with the end result. I have my biases as I tend to enjoy films by Lars Von Trier and other popular "art film" directors, but more importantly, I have an addiction to look for movies wherein people suffer, people die, people are depressed, and so on. These films cater to people like myself. On the surface, it is grossly offensive (to those who tend to be offended by things). You will see penises (of all shapes and sizes), vaginas, oral sex, and momentary violence. But these are all a part of life, and if we turn away our eyes from the movie just because these things are in it, we are missing a larger picture. As someone who is not offended by nudity or sex, these scenes were not awkward or out of place for me. They just exist. This mindset makes for easier viewing for sure, as I was able to enjoy the story much more thoroughly without feeling "offended" or bothered in any way. Indeed, if you are watching a movie of this nature, you should know what to expect before going in. The title implies a story about sexuality. Lars Von Trier is a popular filmmaker known to "push the boundaries" of good taste. But, there are worse things on the market by far.

The actual film that exists outside of the moments of nudity, softcore porn, and violence is quite interesting. This is not Von Trier's best work. I reserve Dancer in the Dark and Anti-Christ for that position. But, it is entertaining. There are flaws, but I believe much of it is meant as a sort of humor that exists overtop the entire film. While the main character (Joe) is telling her story of a depressed, addicted sort; when we jump into the present day with her asexual counterpart we are met with a constant bombardment of absurdity and dark humor.
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