Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is found badly beaten by a man named Seligman. As she’s nursed back to health, Joe recounts her sexual life history from girlhood to present day.
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To some, this is transgressive cinema, to others, a transformative dismantling of sexual repression; the antithesis of prudish disgust. Should a liberation or the censoring of sexual expression be the prevailing paradigm? Wherever you stand on Von Trier, his provocative ways stir debate amongst sparring dichotomies. Where do I stand? If it's consensual, gender egalitarian and age appropriate, fine by me.
Lars Von Trier's cut from his latest effort didn't change my already good impression of the theatrical version. There are some new harsh moments to add to Joe's life (especially in the second part), but after all this is not merely a movie about a woman addicted to sex, it's one of the most complete masterpieces on life, death, love, pain, desire, violence, sexuality...and the list goes on and on.
At five hours plus Von Trier's sexual magnum opus presented in its director's cut surpasses the theatrical version in sharing taboo and vision. The art of telling a story is sublimely portrayed as is active listening and participating even if the narrator of the tome may not be fully genuine. Von Trier's career as provocateur has naturally led to a film that questions the hypocrisy of society's take on sexuality.
This version strengthened most of the chapters. Extraordinarily vicious and cynical at times. He really improved Christian Slater's part. I figured out that Uma was doing Streep. The ending was perfection. We should feel honored that he makes these films for us.
A pornographic variant on The Princess Bride with all of the same self-reflexive dialogues about the relationship between author (Joe as surrogate for von Trier) & spectator (Seligman as surrogate for the audience). However the film is also the clearest, most penetrating iteration of the filmmaker's recent themes; depression, self-destruction, gender identity, the cruelties of nature, etc. A masterwork for von Trier.
Quando fu creato il frassino, tutti gli altri alberi ne divennero gelosi. Era l'albero più bello di tutti, non se ne poteva parlare male. Nella mitologia nordica era l'Albero del Mondo... http://visionesospesa.blogspot.it/2015/05/echi-22-nymphmaniac-directors-cut.html
So many extra bits in the extended version. Nobody, including myself, understands why I love this movie(s) so much. I disagree with most of Joe's philosophies, and do not find pleasure in watching the movie. But for some reason it has struck me unlike any other film. I'm comfortable knowing that I'm most likely an outsider in proclaiming its majesty. It's definitely a film for neither the squeamish nor easily bored.