Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Part one of the highly explicit, two volume tale of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac from cinematic provocateur Lars von Trier (Antichrist). Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) recounts her sexual experiences as a young woman (Stacey Martin) while at the home of the man (Stellan Skarsgård) helping her recover from a brutal beating. Nymphomaniac: Volume II is in release separately.

On a cold winter evening, a bachelor finds Joe (Gainsbourg) beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her and asks about her life. He listens, as Joe tells her multifaceted erotic story that begins in childhood and into the sexual experiences of her teens and young adult life.

The movie's graphic scenes were created using prosthetic genitals in some scenes, and body doubles and special effects in others. Explains producer Lousie Vesth: "We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital impose the two. So above the waist it will be the star and the below the waist it will be the doubles."

Nymphomaniac has courted controversy not just for its content, but also for the antics of co-star Shia LaBeouf. At Berlin Film Festival, LeBeouf wore a paper bag on his head on the red carpet, then walked out of the press conference after quoting Eric Cantona.

2013Rating: R18+, High impact sexual themes, actual sexual activity and nudity118 minsDenmark, Germany, France, Belgium, UK
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Reviews & comments

A stunning end to the Depression Trilogy

One of my favourite films (hence, profile photo...)

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Interesting

I found this a very interesting story. A good watch.

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Variety

Variety

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A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor

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Total Film

Total Film

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With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Wild, sprawling... an orgy of the sublime and the ridiculous.

4.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Less drop-dead gorgeous than Antichrist but significantly more human.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Annoys me, repels me, and I think I might love it. It's an abusive relationship; I need to see it again.

4.0
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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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[A] major work from a major director.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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This smorgasbord of talk and sex constitutes a very full meal.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

A ferociously entertaining experience in which one finds von Trier at the peak of his craft, linking together ideas about female sexuality, fly-fishing and artistic creation with equal amounts of playfulness and intellectual rigor

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Wild, sprawling... an orgy of the sublime and the ridiculous.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Less drop-dead gorgeous than Antichrist but significantly more human.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Annoys me, repels me, and I think I might love it. It's an abusive relationship; I need to see it again.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

[A] major work from a major director.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This smorgasbord of talk and sex constitutes a very full meal.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture.

4.0
0

A stunning end to the Depression Trilogy

One of my favourite films (hence, profile photo...)

5.0
0

Interesting

I found this a very interesting story. A good watch.

4.0
0