Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Joe continues to tell to Seligman the story of her life. Joe lives with Jerôme and their son Marcel and out of the blue, she loses sexual sensation in intercourse. Joe seeks kinky sex, perversions and sadomasochism expecting to retrieve her sex drive. Jerôme leaves home with Marcel and gives his son to a foster house for adoption. Then Joe is sent to therapy by her gynecologist but she does not admit that she is addicted to sex. Meanwhile Seligman tells Joe that he is virgin and helps her to understand her actions. Joe believes that Seligman is her friend, but is he?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Charlotte Gainsbourg stated in an interview with the Washington Post that Lars von Trier personally asked her to record a version of the song "Hey Joe" for the end credits after he was unable to secure the rights to Jimi Hendrix's version, something she immediately accepted. See more »
During the chapter The Mirror, after Seligman explains that the top of the diamond is called a mirror in some languages and Joe mentions he has a mirror on the wall, you can clearly see the camera and crew members reflected in it. You even see the camera move as it pans right. See more »
Even though only one in a million, as my dubious therapist said, succeed in mentally, bodily, and in her heart ridding herself of her sexuality, this is now my goal.
But is that a life worth living?
It's the only way I can live it. I will stand up against all odds, just like a deformed tree on a hill. I will muster all my stubbornness, my strength, my masculine aggression.
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Near the very end of the credits there is this disclaimer: "None of the professional actors had penetrative sexual intercourse and all such scenes were performed by body doubles." See more »
The director's cut adds roughly 57 minutes of footage, expanding some of the subplots. See more »
Honestly, I thought the movie was a little boring. Nymphomaniac volume II had the same issue that Kill Bill vol 2 had. Though both movies have the same tone, Kill Bill vol 2 runs at a different pace, and I was feeling that somewhat with vol II of Nymphomaniac, but while Kill Bill vol 2 was still entertaining, I was missing that with the second Volume of Nymphomaniac.
Interesting enough, the strange turn Vol 2 takes is what I expected from Lars Von Tier. It's almost like Vol I was met to be an entertaining more main stream movie, while this one tries to express a darker format, but while I see Vol 1 as a complete movie, Vol 2 felt like what was left over from Vol 1.
I purposely went to see Vol 2 almost a week after vol 1 so I can keep Vol 1 fresh in the head while I watched Vol 2, figuring like Kill Bill it would work like two movies split in half. If that was the filmmaker's purpose, than Vol 2 acts as a very lackluster final act.
Maybe I'll get more satisfaction from the movie if I watched both volumes back to back, but as a Standalone, I feel Vol 1 was the highlight of the story and could have ended there.
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