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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Joe fashions a story from the ephemera of Seligman's room. Why? Is she telling her own story or something else? The framing device gives credence to the more preposterous moments; creates a context for Joe to indulge in fantasy but also for Seligman to interject; to deconstruct the material. In this sense the film is not just a thesis on the themes herein, but a self-reflexive study on von Trier's own methodology.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. The 1st volume of Nymphomaniac only cemented my belief that Lars Von Trier is a consummate bullshit artist with an amazing eye. The on-screen breakdowns (Fibonacci numbers, the composition of Jerome) were fantastic but Uma Thurman stole the show, namely with her coining of the term "whoring bed." On the downside, I didn't like any of characters & Volume II doesn't look promising on that front.
Von Trier attempts to confront the hypocrisy of society's views on the sexuality of women with very interesting results. Neither as controversial or as carnal as one has been led to believe, the film is actually a fascinating journey into storytelling, gender politic and sexuality. The idea of the 'unreliable narrator' is genius as are the editing in both story and film. Volume 1 however is the more interesting one.
The digressive format mostly suits LvT well, allowing him to break free of his usual sadistic determinism, however temporarily, and have some knowingly ridiculous fun. Rammstein! Gratuitous numerology! Those fucking accents!
Sure, it’s frank and graphic, but I was surprised by how nimble and playful this epic of self-loathing feels. It’s very self-consciously set up as a story, and one littered with digressions and interesting visual motifs. These techniques show both von Trier’s strength in creating mood through images as well as his weakness in distilling that mood into insight. filmcapsule.com/2014/03/13/nymphomaniac-volume-i-2014/
Another psychotic symphony from the twisted mind of von Trier! Can't go into deep critique in 420 characters...but a few things: This is 1 film in 2 parts, 8 chapters total. I saw Vol. 1&2 in 1 sitting, as it should be, if possible. This is not a porn film! It is XXX rated, but the story is not a mere vehicle for porn; Sex scenes illustrate the story graphically. Uma Thurman steals the show for 10 minutes.Tremendous!
Strong beginning for this sexual epic that is quite amazing to look at and a visual treat. It lasted two hours but I could easily have stayed for another two. It's explicit but it's not gratuitous. The reflexion that Von Trier conducts on sexuality, relationships and and male/female dichotomy is done in a very tasteful and cerebral way that grabs your attention. Very good cast. I was hooked for Part 2.