this film is spectacularly done and the director's cut has only proven that again; this is a provocation that was really fun to watch, it sets out to cover a lot of ground and actually makes good on the promise. it's so entirely self-contained that it's hard to connect it to anything else, though the second part certainly gets darker and the flashes of "old Trier" emerge, especially in the final bitter moment.
A movie I probably need to see again. It's definitely one of the most preachiest films I've ever seen. It brings up a lot of important points that are worth discussing such as societies view on women's sexuality and the abortion sequence. Lars also freely expresses himself however he wants. One of the most exhausting films I've ever seen about sex.
The definite version of Lars von Trier's magnum opus. The extensions of the first chapters certainly makes the film work a lot better. 'The Little Organ School' is still the highlight of the film, a truly brilliant piece of cinematic genius. The journey is still as fascinating as it is horrifying. Truly brilliant!
uma reflexão sobre a natureza humana na perspetiva do Lars. Apresentam-se-nos questões sobre moralidade, sexualidade e a condição humana. Fantástica realização. Lars brinca com as emoções do espectador como um acordeão, reminiscente do Dogville, por exemplo. Rico em detalhes, com excelente desenvolvimento psicológico das personagens. Mantém-se fiel a metáforas e paralelismos, aliados a um guião sublime.
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.
Grande opera che tratta svariati temi, dalla sessualità, ai rapporti umani, ai tabù e al ruolo della donna nella società, con toni elevati, ma riuscendo a tenere lo spettatore interessato per tutta la sua durata. Nessuna scena l'ho trovata fuori luogo e, anche se il ritmo non è sempre ottimo, ci troviamo di fronte ad una qualità invidiabile. Regia eccellente, per stomaci forti. Personaggi caratterizzati molto bene.
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.
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.