Stellan Skarsgård goes full circle repeating his role as a shrink for a nymphomaniac like he did for "Anita" in his debut for over 40 years ago with debutante Stacy Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourgh doing stuff other attractive girls never would have touched. Christian Slater also redeems himself in a vulnerable performance. The film is playful at times but it gorier elements should have been skipped.
I circled for 3 and a half years around this one, waiting. One doesn't approach von Trier without intention. Charlotte Gainsbourg is mesmerizing, LaBeouf was intriguing (more in his absence since), and Jamie Bell, the man behind the whip? This film goes all the way, and then takes a couple steps further. I could just hear the director narrating the scenes, in his style. I am not disappointed.
C'est donc avec un parfait cynisme de mécréant et une mauvaise foi de faraud soudard que le petit Lars nous fait part de ses malingres frustrations sexuelles, auprès de demoiselles toujours consentantes et fiévreuses aux basiques phantasmes catatoniques, vaguement turgescents d'un réalisateur en évidente déliquescence maladive. Ce n'est même pas mauvais, mais cruellement pathétique. www.cinefiches.com