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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 March 2014 (USA)
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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

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Lars von Trier

Writer:

Lars von Trier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Joe
Stellan Skarsgård ... Seligman
Stacy Martin ... Young Joe
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerôme
Christian Slater ... Joe's Father
Uma Thurman ... Mrs. H
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... B
Connie Nielsen ... Joe's Mother
Ronja Rissmann Ronja Rissmann ... Joe - 2 Years
Maja Arsovic Maja Arsovic ... Joe - 7 years
Sofie Kasten Sofie Kasten ... B - 7 Years
Ananya Berg Ananya Berg ... Joe - 10 Years
Anders Hove ... Odin
James Northcote ... Young Lad 1 on Train
Charlie Hawkins Charlie Hawkins ... Young Lad 2 on Train
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Storyline

A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager while Seligman tells about his hobbies, such as fly fishing, reading about Fibonacci numbers or listening to organ music. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Forget About Love

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Country:

Denmark | Germany | Belgium | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£143,282 (United Kingdom), 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,369, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$785,669, 15 June 2014
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color | Black and White (Chapter 4 sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman) & Jesper Christensen (Jerôme's Uncle) also worked together on God afton, Herr Wallenberg (1990) & Melancholia (2011) together. See more »

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The action is supposed to take place in England. But Joe's apartment has European-style electrical outlets (round pins) on the walls, as does the hospital room where she visits her father. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. H: [to her sons] Boys, now is the time to be alert and ask all the questions your hears desire. Because I hope that you shall never have to encounter such people or be in such a situation ever again.
[boys remain silent]
Mrs. H: Well? Hm? You don't have any questions? No? Well I'll start, shall I?
[referring to Joe]
Mrs. H: Approximately how many lives do you think she has time to destroy in one day? Five? Fifty? Or several hundreds? I admit the latter sounds improbable but where there's a will, there's a way!
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Crazy Credits

Near the very end of the credits there is this disclaimer: "None of the professional actors had penetrative sexual intercourse and all such scenes where [sic] performed by body doubles." See more »

Alternate Versions

The director's cut adds roughly 28 minutes of footage, expanding some of the subplots. See more »

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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Performed by Henrik Dam Thomsen and Ulrich Staerk
Written by César Franck
Arranged by Kristian Eidnes Andersen (as Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen)
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Avoid the cult of Von Trier
18 March 2014 | by herrnoelSee all my reviews

First off, if you want to see a movie that depicts sexual compulsion in an engrossing and compelling way, see Shame starring Michael Fassbender.

This film is not porn, not particularly raunchy, not in the least bit sexy, nor shocking in the least. What it is is a tiresome, disjointed, and utterly pedantic piece of faux-art.

The dialogue is so bad with its philosophical pontification that I physically winced many times throughout the film. This is the sort of wincing one does not at challenging art but at amateur, college level film. It screams intellectual phoney in every other scene.

Why is this film even 4 hours long? Because Von Trier was too lazy to pare it down for us. It's like when your friend posts 300 photos of his art project on his website and expects you to pick your 10 favorite, because he can't be arsed to do his own editing.

Lars Von Trier's surname, although pronounced differently in his native tongue, is very telling if pronounced as an English word. Try and try again, his scam art fools the gullible masses who will imbue his work with meaning themselves. It is akin to religion -- lacking in both profundity and truth.

Do not let the cult of Von Trier brainwash you into believing.


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