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Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)


Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013) Mary Cybulski - © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Well, well. How should someone start a review on the new Lars Von Trier movie, especially when the new movie of the Danish Provocateur is the first part of Nymphomaniac?! Personally, this was the movie I most was looking forward to seeing in 2014! Thank god -or maybe Antichrist-, Lars Von Trier treated me right again, proving he is the most interesting director of his age. As a director, Trier is a classic love or hate case. Honestly, I cannot see what haters see on Trier; I simply can’t! After each and every movie of Trier I proudly scream to his sworn enemies that I am a hardcore fan of his! Anyhow, let’s focus on Nymphomaniac. A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating. These were the two lines available as Nymphomaniac’s plot since a long time ago. There were also some amazing teasers and some extreme, intense, beautiful photo frames. Charlotte Gainsbourg is Joe, a Nymphomaniac, as she is to confess to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), the man who saved her and offered her a bed and a cup of tea at his house. Even from the beginning of the film, I felt mesmerized by Trier’s lens. The use of Fuhre Mich by Rammstein was spot-o, with the industrial rhythm immersing you into Trier’s bleak universe.


The story of Nymphomaniac is divided in chapters. In film volume 1, we see the first five chapters of Joe’s life, from the age of 2 till her early twenties. Stacy Martin portrays Joe at a young age, by giving an excellent performance despite the “difficult” scenes she is into. As for Skasgard and Gainsbourg, they make a unique duet. Once again, Trier dives into women’s psychology and sexuality by provoking the viewer. I am pretty sure that after Nymphomaniac the accusations of the director being a misogynist and a sexist would be multiplied, especially in the ‘mea vulva, mea maxima vulva’ part! Just like always, Trier also points a finger to religion and morality, by bringing up questions that seek answers for hundreds of years now. Amazing photography, probably one of the best I’ve seen in years, while the scene where Joe is lubricated in front of her father’s death is already among the best in the Danish director’s filmography. Firm, stable with Dogma 95 motives, intense, inspired, Nymphomaniac volume 1 is the movie you shouldn’t miss because in approximately two hours, it features material enough not for just one movie, but for ten. Welcome again to the world of an artist provocateur. Welcome again to the world of Lars Von Trier!


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