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We all know of the numerous ways to watch films online these days but Thn highly recommend BFI Player that offers a mix of 7 new channels and various collections. You’ll get a whole mix of must-see cinema, silent classics, festival exclusives and rare footage from the national film archive, which really does bring a unique and diverse range of content to the video-on-demand platform. Plus, the important part, there’s no subscription fee, so you only pay for what you watch.
If you’re also a bashful cinephile, then you can now breathe a sigh of relief because Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (Volumes I and II) and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake are both available to stream. With each film priced between £7.50 and £10, this new option will bring comfort to those who are desperate to see either of the controversial dramas, but simply can’t face »
- Dan Bullock
Paris — French director Jean-Louis Bertuccelli died Friday in Paris. He was 71.
Bertuccelli was best known for “Ramparts of Clay,” a drama turning on a young woman from a small Algerian village who dreams of another life. It won a Jean Vigo prize and represented France in the foreign-language Oscar race in 1971.
Bertuccelli’s other notable credits include ”Docteur Francoise Gailland,” starring Annie Girardot as a reputable doctor with a hectic family life who learns she has cancer. Girardot won a Cesar award for her performance in 1976.
“Jean-Louis Bertuccelli was a filmmaker engaged in the general interest of his art. More than anything, he looked at the world around us in a sincere and political way,” stated the guild of authors, directors and producers (Arp), of which Bertuccelli was a member.
- Elsa Keslassy
While there's plenty to see in theaters this weekend (we've outlined three), the film you won't want to miss is Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," and you can watch it from the comfort of home. It arrived on VOD Thursday before hitting theaters on March 21. Also arriving this weekend is another auteur output, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," as well as indie thriller "Grand Piano" and macho action spectacle "300: Rise of an Empire." Trailers below.In "Nymphomaniac," it's not just about sex. There's plenty of it, to be sure, in this very dark comedy about a woman's sexual history. That woman, Joe, is played with ferocity by Lars von Trier's favorite damsel-in-distress, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and in recounting her coital past, the film becomes a psychosexual picaresque -- and a truly twisted character study. Framing the story is the banter between Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Lars von Trier’s latest provocation is a picaresque sex picture called Nymphomaniac: Volume I, and it’s both dumber and more entertaining than anyone had a right to expect. (The movie is now available on VOD, and in theaters March 21.) In the prologue, bachelor and seeming Good Samaritan Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) stumbles on a filthy, bruised Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), supine in an alley, takes her in, feeds her, and listens to a tale: her life as a girl (played by “newcomer” Stacy Martin in multiple stages of undress) who has had sex with as many men as possible and, through it, discovered “her power as a woman.” Having used that power “with no regard for others,” she feels ambivalent, exhausted, dead inside — but resigned. (“I’m ashamed of what I became, but there’s nothing I can do now.”) Volume II arrives in a few weeks, and we’ll »
- David Edelstein
Riad Sattouf’s follow-up to teen laffer “The French Kissers” is a gender-bending farce with more than a touch of Monty Python, set in an authoritarian nation where women are in control and men, dressed in burqa-like outfits, are the subservient sex. “Jacky in the Kingdom of Women” riffs on the Cinderella story in amusing ways, hewing to the fairy tale while making audiences question, via absurdist counter-equivalents, patriarchal assumptions of modern life. Over-sensitive Islamists will cry ridicule, yet the Syrian-born Sattouf skewers all sexist and absolutist notions. Better yuks would likely have improved disappointing local B.O. following a late January opening.
Helmer-scripter Sattouf’s background as a comicbook artist — the pic is derived from a story in his series “Pascal Brutal” — comes through in the film’s cartoonish charm and the clear-cut way he handles narrative, conjuring an entire world complete with invented words and phrases. As with the best farces, »
- Jay Weissberg
Acclaimed director and professional misanthrope Lars von Trier is at it again with Nymphomaniac, the first volume of which has been released On Demand today. The loveable/loathsome scamp behind such existential horror shows as Dancer in the Dark and Melancholia has built a career on pushing audience buttons, so the real question surrounding Nymphomaniac isn’t whether this 5-hour sexcapade should exist, but rather, why has it taken von Trier this long to make it? As expected, sex as the ultimate cinematic taboo provides the iconoclastic director all the ammunition he needs to make the 2-hour American cut of Nymphomaniac: Volume I a real treat for fans of transgressive cinema.
While it might sound like I’m trying to meme-ify one of the world’s most provocative filmmakers, it’s hard not to feel like thay excitement for Nymphomaniac owes as much to its explicit content and epic »
- Sam Woolf
In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume 1,” a bruised and bloody woman, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), is found lying in a back alley by a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). Once he ushers her into his home and gets her situated in bed with tea, he invites the woman to tell her story. How did she get there? Thus begins Joe’s tale of nymphomania, or as she would have it, a lifelong search for “sensation.” As she recounts the games she’d play as a youngster to pique arousal, and her loss of virginity to a boy named Jerome (Shia Labeouf), Skarsgard continually interrupts to point out how her story parallels that of river trout. He’s intellectualizing her sordid tales, in a wickedly humorous way, which is indeed what “Nymphomaniac” is doing, too.The first volume is largely a comedy. It’s sardonic and detached, which has the unfortunate effect »
- Beth Hanna
Well, after three years of talking about it, “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” is finally available to watch in the U.S. via OnDemand starting today. You still have to wait one more month for the second half, but hopefully, the first volume will be enough to keep you satisfied for now (and it should be — read our review). To honor the film’s OnDemand release, a new 30-second spot which will give you a good taste of what “Nymphomaniac” is about. It’s actually safe to view the clip at work too. The spot prominently features Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgaard, and Uma Thurman who star in the film alongside Shia Labeouf and Stacy Martin. Considering the sexually-explicit nature of the film, perhaps it should be no surprise that more controversy has erupted in the past few days. Members of the film board in Turkey have moved forward with the decision »
- Ken Guidry
Nymphomaniac: Volume I & II
Director: Lars Von Trier
Writer: Lars Von Trier
Producer: Louise Vesth
U.S. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Michael Pas, Jean-Marc Barr, Jamie Bell, Ananya Berg, Peter Gilbert Cotton
All Lvt films are an event….for that matter, his press conferences too. So far, this is among the best comedies of the year.
Gist: This moves from (Nymphomaniac: Volume I) a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating to (Nymphomaniac: Volume II) Joe’s sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman’s care.
Release Date: The integral version was released in native Denmark in December, and both Sundance and Berlin showed a chunk. Magnolia are going the VOD route, »
- Eric Lavallee
Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” — the first part, anyway, of his lengthy two-part look at a woman’s sexual history — is available Thursday in the U.S. on most home viewing platforms.The film stars Shia Labeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe.
The unrated Magnolia Pictures release, which opens in limited theatrical release on March 21, can be seen on video on demand for about $9.99 on most cable systems including Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision and on Dish and Directv. It runs 117 minutes and is available for streaming online through outlets including Amazon, FlixFling, Xbox Zune and Playstation 3.
“Nymphomaniac” tells the story of a woman (Gainsbourg) who is discovered badly beaten by an older bachelor (Skarsgard) who takes her in. As he tends to her wounds, she tells him the erotic story of her adolescence and young adulthood.
Variety critic Peter Debruge said in his review, »
- Pat Saperstein
Magnolia Pictures has dropped a 30-second spot for the first installment of Lars Von Trier's epic sexual drama, "Nymphomaniac," and Indiewire has the exclusive premiere. The spot strings together a series of scenes that reveal the film's premise without too many spoilers, while a ruthless heavy metal track provides for an unsettling accompaniment, especially when set against clips featuring a battered Charlotte Gainsbourg. Discomfort reaches its climax at the 15-second mark, during the scene where Uma Thurman turns to Gainsbourg and asks the already infamous line, "Would it be all right if I showed the children the whoring bed?" "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" will be released in theaters on March 21, but will be available OnDemand beginning March 6. Check out the spot below: »
- Shipra Gupta
Turkey has banned Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, saying the film's extensive nudity and explicit sex scenes make it more porn than art. The first half of the controversial two-part feature, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac and also featuring Stellan Skarsgard, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater and Uma Thurman, was set to go out in Turkey March 14, with Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2 planned for a March 21 bow. But Turkey's film board this week banned the film outright, voting six to two to classify Nymphomaniac as pornography. The board includes members of Turkey's cultural, interior and education ministries as
- Scott Roxborough
The opening night of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York at the Paris Theatre will bring us Catherine Deneuve's exceptional performance in Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way. Bertrand Tavernier's wildly diplomatic The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay), based on Antonin Baudry’s graphic novels, starring Raphaël Personnaz, Thierry Lhermitte with Julie Gayet, Jane Birkin and Niels Arestrup closes the festival. Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos in If You Don't, I Will (Arrête Ou Je Continue) directed by Sophie Fillières, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal in Michel Spinosa's His Wife (Son Épouse), Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne with Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel and Paul Hamy are some of the other highlights of UniFrance and the Film Society of »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Director: Benoit Jacquot
Producers: Edouard Weil
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Though he’s been working steadily since the mid-70’s, director Benoit Jacquot’s films tend not to get much attention in the Us, even his growing handful of Isabelle Huppert starring titles (The School of Flesh; Keep It Quiet; False Servant; Villa Amalia) don’t get theatrical or DVD releases here. But the 2012 critical success of his 2012 film, Farewell My Queen seems to have snagged him some more international attention. While Lea Seydoux was originally slated to return for this latest film (scheduling conflicts have caused her to be replaced by Mastroianni), the presence of Deneuve and Gainsbourg should make this an undoubted item of interest.
Gist: One night, in the countryside. Marc misses his train to head back to Paris and meets Sylvie. »
- Nicholas Bell
How long was the last film you went to see? How long do you think you were in the cinema, ticket-buying, ad-consuming and actual movie-watching all accounted for? Probably somewhere between 2 and 3 hours would be a good guess (unless you’ve just been to The Wolf of Wall Street, which is still a maximum of, what, four hours?). Well, last Saturday I took my seat in the excellent City Screen Picturehouse in York in feverish anticipation of Lars von Trier’s latest crowd-baiter, Nymphomaniac, and I didn’t leave for five hours.
As a good friend of mine recently said: if nothing else, von Trier is determined to make an event of his work.
Thankfully enough for my eyeballs and arse, however, there was plenty else to sink my teeth into. »
- Mark Allen
Everything Will Be Fine
Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Bjorn Olaff Johanessenn
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Initially, Sarah Polley had been attached in the role that went to McAdams (we’re hoping it’s because Polley is hard at work on her adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace), but even still, for Wim Wender’s first fiction feature since 2008′s Palermo Shooting, it’s got quite the exciting cast (and yes, it bears the same title as a 2010 film from Danish filmmaker Cristoffer Boe). The 2011 documentary Pina apparently gave Wenders the 3D bug, so we are curious to see how that technology will further influence the art house auteur.
Gist: While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatizes him. »
- Nicholas Bell
(Just imagine: what if Charlotte Gainsbourg had played a nymphomaniac in This film..!) One of the prizes to be won at the international Film Festival Rotterdam is the MovieZone Award, aimed at films which impressed the younger part of the festival's audience. It is a notable award because the winners have indeed always been special, titles which would go on to get a life or legend of their own. Films like Breillat's Fat Girl, or Dolan's I Killed My Mother are among the winners, but also Slumdog Millionaire and Persepolis. This year, the winner was the French raucous gender comedy Jacky au Royaume des Filles, aka. Jacky in the Kingdom of Women. Described as both a biting satire And a romantic fairytale, Jacky in the...
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★★★★☆Persona non grata Lars von Trier returns to UK cinema screens this week with Nymphomaniac (2013), shortened and split into two volumes from a five-hour original cut. This dissection is unlikely to be the only divisive aspect of the self-styled auteur's latest, a full-on descent into the eponymous addiction to fornication that's as perversely humorous as it is downright confrontational. Spanning the life and times of the love-averse Joe (von Trier regular Charlotte Gainsbourg in her later years, newcomer Stacy Martin in her youth), Nymphomaniac showcases the very best - and at times the worst - of the Dane's undoubted talent. »
- CineVue UK
Beck hasn’t been particularly prolific lately when it comes to new studio music. Sure, he’s been busy recording cover albums, producing artists like Thurston Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and collaborating with McSweeney’s on the “Song Reader” sheet-music project, but it’s been more than five years since the release of 2008’s “Modern Guilt.” That break ends tomorrow (24) with “Morning Phase” tomorrow. The album has been tagged a sequel of sorts to Beck’s popular break-up album, 2002’s “Sea Change.” Rather than a true sequel, that descriptor is more useful as shorthand to let the listener know the album is primarily acoustic; song-oriented rather than beats oriented, and confessional. And, like “Sea Change,” regardless of what else Beck records, it will stand out as a gorgeous milestone in his career. “Morning Phase” is an immersive experience that doesn’t lend itself to parsing individual tracks. It’s meant »
Written and Directed by Lars von Trier.
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Michael Pas, Jean-Marc Barr and Connie Nielsen.
A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.
“Leave your hair up. It might be necessary if I decide to punch you in the face.” – K (Jaime Bell) to Joe (Charlotte Gainsborgh) in Nymphomaniac: Volume II
Controversy, rightly or wrongly, is attached to a Lars von Trier picture like hype is attached to the news of a comic book adaptation, often blown out of proportion because of the need for something to write about. With the marketing for his latest work, the two parts of Nymphomaniac, teasing us with posters of the cast making an ‘o-face’ and a cheeky »
- Gary Collinson
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