Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Part two of the highly explicit, two volume tale of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac from cinematic provocateur Lars von Trier (Antichrist). Picking up from where she left off in the previous installment, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) revisits her increasingly excessive sexual experiences as an adult.

Recovering in the home of a bachelor (Stellan Skarsgård) after a brutal beating, Joe (Gainsbourg) has taken him through her sexual awakening and increasing promiscuity as a young adult - experiences he's previously compared to fly fishing and mathematics. But Joe's tale reaches darker territory as it moves into her recent past and sexual behaviour that becomes increasingly extreme and compulsive...

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 nudity123 minsDenmark, Germany, France, Belgium, UK
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As courageously depicted by Gainsbourg, Jo is ultimately a tragic character.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

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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We’re never far from Von Trier, and both Skarsgård and Gainsbourg appear to offer different versions of the author himself.

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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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

press

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

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

As courageously depicted by Gainsbourg, Jo is ultimately a tragic character.

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

We’re never far from Von Trier, and both Skarsgård and Gainsbourg appear to offer different versions of the author himself.

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
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