NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. II Review

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[Note: This review is of a censored, abridged version of Nymphomaniac: Vol. II.  Director Lars Von Trier gave this version his approval, but did not create this cut.]

In Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) nymphomaniac has gone from a lilting, slightly melancholy, comically punctuated romp to a place of loss and ruin.  She has passed “innocent” discovery and, like any addict, needs a bigger fix.  She can’t help herself, and she becomes self-destructive as a result.  In this way, writer-director Lars Von Trier is the same as his protagonist.  He can’t get away from his greatest flaws no matter how hard he tries, and in Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, he tries pretty damned hard.  There are still bouts of silly melodrama and off-kilter jokes, but Vol. II is far more brutal than Vol. I [my review], and Von Trier (unsurprisingly) seems to feel more comfortable in an environment of pain and suffering.  Nevertheless, for all the stumbles and false notes, he builds to something emotionally impactful.  And then he fucks it up.

New Trailer for NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for the second half of director Lars von Trier’s sexual epic Nymphomaniac has arrived.  Nymphomaniac: Volume II continues the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she recounts her life to an old bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard), this time focusing on her adulthood.  This trailer is certainly aggressive and quite weird, showcasing the further sexual exploits of Joe and giving us further looks at the characters played by Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, and Shia LaBeoufVolume I was only just made available VOD earlier this month, but Volume II hits the market in just a couple of days.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review of Volume I.  The film also stars Stacy Martin, Mia Goth, and Jean-Marc BarrNymphomaniac: Volume II will be available VOD on March 20th and opens in theaters on April 4th.

Riviera Maya Film Festival: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. I Review

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[Note: This review is of a censored, abridged version of Nymphomaniac: Vol. I.  Director Lars Von Trier gave this version his approval, but did not create this cut.]

Lars Von Trier clearly delights in messing with his audience.  His films are abrasive, but they carry an arthouse sheen and a thoughtfulness that makes them more than pretentious trolling.  But just because his movies aren’t empty-headed, that doesn’t mean they’re immune from being incredibly dumb.  Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 swerves wildly from a story that demands deep consideration about the relationship between lust and love, and an absurd comedy where characters try to top each other with hilariously idiotic dialogue.  It appears that Von Trier wants to have his cake and fuck it too, but with the exception of one terrific scene, the absurdity almost always derails the tenderness.

New U.S. Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I

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As a special Valentine’s Day treat (?), Magnolia Pictures has released the official U.S. theatrical trailer for director Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac: Volume I.  The two-part epic tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her numerous sexual encounters to an old bachelor when he discovers her badley beaten in an alley.  Volume I looks to mainly take place in flashback, as the young Joe (Stacy Martin) begins her adventurous journey.  This trailer is devoid of any NSFW material from von Trier’s graphically explicit film, but there is quite a bit of Shia LaBeouf.  The tone is certainly aggressive, and it’ll be interesting to see how von Trier’s epic stands up as two separate films.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Uma ThurmanStacy MartinConnie NielsenChristian SlaterWillem DafoeMia GothNicolas BroSophie Kennedy ClarkJens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Volume I will be available VOD on March 6th followed by a theatrical release on March 21st, while Nymphomaniac: Volume II hits VOD on April 3rd and theaters on April 18th.

New Trailer for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC: PART TWO Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf

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A new trailer for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Part Two has been released.  Unlike the NSFW trailer for Part One and Part Two, there’s no sex or nudity in this one, but there is plenty of weirdness.  That’s part and parcel of a Lars von Trier movie, and in addition to some bondage, painting over mirrors, and orgasmic visions, there’s also setting cars ablaze set to The Talking Heads‘ “Burning Down the House”.  The trailer also features Shia LaBeouf, who would like to remind you that he’s not famous anymore.

Hit the jump to check out.  The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Part One  will be available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th.

New Images and NSFW Character Portraits for Lars von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Sex sells, so perhaps it’s only natural that there’s been a ton of marketing for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac.  There have been monthly clips, a ridiculously NSFW trailer, character posters, and today we have a bunch of new images along with some more NSFW material.  It’s not as NSFW as the semen-dribbling trailer, but the collection of portraits does contain some topless photos of some of the movie’s characters.  We don’t know much about these characters since our knowledge of the plot extends to Charlotte Gainsbourg starring as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  I’m sure we’ll probably learn about about these topless ladies in between all the banging.

Hit the jump to check out the images and portraits.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac: Part One  will be available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th. [Update: We have removed the character portraits at the request of the studio]

11 New Images and New Poster for NYMPHOMANIAC

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We’ve got some saucy new images and a rather suggestive poster for writer-director Lars von Trier’s erotic drama, Nymphomaniac.  Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Nymphomaniac: Part One  is available on VOD on March 6th and in theaters on March 21st;  Nymphomaniac: Part Two will be released on VOD on April 3rd and in theaters on April 18th.

Nymphomaniac also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma ThurmanStacy MartinConnie NielsenChristian SlaterWillem DafoeMia GothNicolas BroSophie Kennedy ClarkJens Albinus, and Udo Kier.  Hit the jump to check out the new images and poster.

New NSFW Clip from NYMPHOMANIAC Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamie Bell

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Last week, we got the first trailer for Lars Von Trier’s two-part erotic epic Nymphomaniac.  The trailer was about as sexually explicit as you’d expect from a movie called “Nymphomaniac” and now a new NSFW clip has gone online.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  The new clip, entitled “The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)” has Jamie Bell’s character giving Joe a unique holiday gift—a whip with the word “Fido” inscribed on it.  Presumably, he got it at Walmart on a good Black Friday deal.  Also, when I woke up this morning, I didn’t expect to see Charlotte Gainsbourg’s vagina, but life is full of surprises.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac will be released in Denmark and Norway on Christmas Day, and in France in January.  It will be released in the U.S. in early 2014.

Hard-Rocking, Explosive, and Incredibly NSFW Trailer for Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Over the past few months, we’ve been getting brief clips from Lars Von Trier‘s two-part, five-and-a-half hour erotic epic, Nymphomaniac.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Today, we have the first trailer, and in addition to being seriously NSFW (unless your workplace is cool with shots of blowjobs and a character accidentally drooling semen) the movie looks aggressive, dark, and twisted.  In other words, it looks like a Lars Von Trier film.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier. Nymphomaniac will be released in Denmark and Norway on Christmas Day, and in France in January.  Magnolia has U.S. distribution rights, but no release date has been announced yet.

Two New Posters for Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Magnolia has released two new posters for Lars Von Trier‘s two-part erotic epic, Nymphomaniac.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley.  Last month, we got plenty of character posters featuring most of the characters in an orgasmic state (Shia LaBeouf‘s character is having none of it).  One of the new posters continues that trend with an extreme close-up on Gainsbourg, and the other poster combines nine of the character posters into a 3×3 grid.  That’s nine O-faces for the price of one.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo KierNymphomaniac will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Come and See These 14 Character Posters for Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Fourteen character posters have been released for Lars Von Trier’s erotic epic Nymphomaniac. The two-part, five-hour film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Joe beaten up in an alley. These posters the cast giving the camera their best O-face except for Shia LaBeouf, who’s character is apparently too cool for such orgasm shenanigans. These posters don’t feature any naughty bits, but they come awfully close.

Hit the jump to check out the posters but be warned: a nearly naked Stellan Skarsgard can’t be un-seen. The film also stars Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus, and Udo Kier. Nymphomaniac will be released in Denmark on Christmas Day and is heading towards a full premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

New Image from Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC; Magnolia Acquires Film for Distribution

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A new image has been released for Lars Von Trier’s upcoming two-part drama, NymphomaniacCharlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Jo beaten up in an alley.  Joe then recounts to him the story of her erotic life, from birth to the age of fifty.  The film will be released in hard-core and soft-core versions, and Magnolia has announced that they’ll be distributing the film in the U.S.  However, we don’t know if they’ll be distribution both versions, and how those versions will be distributed.  The standard release plan for Magnolia has become VOD before theatrical, and it looks like Nymphomaniac won’t be playing at Cannes because it missed the submission deadline rather than Von Trier being declared Persona Non Grata after his comments at the festival in 2011 when he was doing press for Melancholia.

Hit the jump for more including the new image. Nymphomaniac also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, and Udo Kier.

First Image from Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg

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The first image has been released for Lars Von Trier’s upcoming erotic drama NymphomaniacCharlotte Gainsbourg stars as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an old, charming bachelor who finds Jo beaten up in an alley.  Joe then recounts to him the story of her erotic life, from birth to the age of fifty.  The two-part movie began shooting in August, and will be released in both hard-core and soft-core versions with an eye towards a release later this year.

Hit the jump to check out the safe-for-work image, which presumably takes place at the beginning of the story.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Jean-Marc Barr, and Udo Kier.

Ewan McGregor Joins the Cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; Christian Slater Courts Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC

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Some major casting announcements to make today.  Here they are in brief:

  • Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) will join the stellar cast of John Wells’ August: Osage County, which already touts Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper among others, with George Clooney producing.
  • Christian Slater (Broken Arrow) has been cast in Lars Von Trier’s pornographic duet, Nymphomaniac, two full-length features which will both be released in softcore and hardcore versions.  The pictures star Charlotte Gainsbourg in the title role along with Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen.

Hit the jump for more info.

New Images from Scott McGehee’s WHAT MAISIE KNEW, Yvan Attal’s DO NOT DISTURB, Dan Algrant’s GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY, and Valeria Sarmiento’s LINES OF WELLINGTON

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Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to a line-up that’s already packed with terrific-looking films.  Among the new additions are:

  • What Maisie Knew (directed by Scott McGehee) Starring Joanna Vanderham, Onata Aprile, Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, and Steve Coogan.
  • Do Not Disturb (directed by Yvan Attal) Starring François Cluzet and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • Greetings from Tim Buckley (directed Dan Algrant) Starring Imogen Poots and Penn Badgley.
  • Lines of Wellington (directed by Valeria Sarmiento) Starring John Malkovich, Nuno Lopes, Soraia Chaves, Marisa Paredes, and Victoria Guerra.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

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