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4,195 Ratings

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark, Germany, 2014
Drama, LGBTQ+, Avant-Garde


Picking up where Volume I left off, and focusing on her adult years, Joe continues to recount the story of her life as a nymphomaniac, focusing on her years as a neglectful mother, her relationship to sadomasochism, and the circumstances that left her savagely beaten.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II Directed by Lars von Trier

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

European Film Awards

2014 | 4 nominations including: Audience Award

Bodil Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Actress

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

Nymphomaniac not only represents a new direction for Lars, but a new level of directness. It’s not just those music cues, or the fact that his beloved male/female dichotomies are so blatantly problematized here… It’s that despite the sexual explicitness… or the blend of light comedy with violence and abuse, von Trier has taken a break from his puckish provocateur persona to make a film that wants very much to let you know where its maker stands on things.
March 21, 2014
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What’s arguably most compelling about Nymphomaniac is its relentlessly Cartesian organization, a mind/body split that creates all kinds of tension and resonance while steadfastly refusing to integrate its components at a granular level. The impression is of a film as divided against itself as its protagonist—which is of course to say that von Trier knows exactly what he’s doing even as he seems to be throwing up his hands in surrender to the irreconcilable agony of it all.
March 20, 2014
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Nymphomaniac is one von Trier film to which you can’t easily give a thumbs-up—or down—and it’s a dense, labyrinthine undertaking through which you can’t easily find your way. It’s a Dostoevskian sprawl of a creation, at once monstrous and magnificent, infuriating and inspired—von Trier’s most defiant invitation yet to an argument, and an argument, I suspect, that will rage intensely for some time to come.
March 05, 2014
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