Nymph()maniac (trailer review)


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.

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12 thoughts on “Nymph()maniac (trailer review)

  1. Seeing as You Tube have banned your trailer, I will take your word for it. I have a love/hate relationship with Von Trier, as i am not a great fan of the Dogme stuff, but a huge admirer of ‘Dancer in the Dark’, ‘The Kingdom’, and ‘Breaking the Waves’. I get a sneaky feeling that he will be regarded as some kind of cinema genius by future film historians, and though that might be undeserved, he gets credit from me for trying to be different. (And often succeeding)
    Cheers Niall, as ever, Pete.


  2. I forgot to say, thanks very much for the follow, much appreciated.
    My blog is not just about film and cinema, as you may have noticed, but there are about 40 posts on that subject to have a scout through, with more to come, at some stage! Regards, Pete.


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