By Niall McArdle
Say what you like about controversial director Lars Von Trier, but he makes the films he wants and doesn’t compromise. Putting the audience – and his actors – through uncomfortable moments is his stock in trade. He makes difficult, challenging films that divide critics and audiences. His admirers think he’s a visionary artist who wants to explore the boundaries of cinema. His detractors think he’s a pretentious pervert.
His new film, Nymph()maniac, is sure to get people talking. Von Trier regulars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe and Stellan Skarsgard are joined by the likes of Uma Thurman, Shia Labeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen and Christian Slater in what looks to be an intense examination of sex addiction.
Judging by the trailer, this is not your grandmother’s sex-addiction film. It’s the dark twin to Thanks for Sharing. There are glimpses of nudity, much mattress hopping, anguished cries, spankings and all sorts of orgasmic goings-on.
Although the film promises to be full of sex, at least as much as you can get in the average porno (the film examines situations that are stock porno scenes: anonymous sex on a train, spanking schoolgirls, cuckolding), given Von Trier’s view of the world, I doubt it will be in any way erotic. It promises instad to explore sex in all its sweaty, ugly mess.
The sex is real, sort of, so the only fake thing about the film might be Shia Labeouf’s dodgy English accent. The film opens in Denmark on Christmas Day. Other release dates will be announced soon.
- Nymphomaniac trailer accidentally shown to Florida children (theguardian.com)