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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 March 2014 (USA)
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The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman's care.


Lars von Trier


Lars von Trier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Joe
Stellan Skarsgård ... Seligman
Stacy Martin ... Young Joe
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerôme
Christian Slater ... Joe's Father
Jamie Bell ... K
Uma Thurman ... Mrs. H
Willem Dafoe ... L
Mia Goth ... P
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... B
Michael Pas ... Old Jerôme
Jean-Marc Barr ... Debtor Gentleman
Udo Kier ... The Waiter
Ananya Berg ... Joe - 10 Years
Morgan Hartley Morgan Hartley ... B - 12 Years


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

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Lars von Trier pays homage to Andrei Tarkovsky: chapter 7 - The Mirror (The Mirror (1975)), iconograph in the room (Andrei Rublev (1966)), and Joe's levitation (a trademark of Tarkovsky). 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 »


Joe: By the way, I can assure you that women who claim that negroes don't turn them on, are lying.
Seligman: So do they satisfy you, those negroes?
Joe: No, but they showed me there was a world far from mine I had to explore. And there perhaps on the other side get my life back.
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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 were performed by body doubles." See more »

Alternate Versions

The director's cut adds roughly 57 minutes of footage, expanding some of the subplots. 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)
© Zentropa Music
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A powerful take on traditional sexual
5 February 2014 | by funkkysoul2002See all my reviews

Nymphomaniac is a film not easily stomached by most individuals (as are most of Lars von Trier's films) but once one has digested the visual hedonism of its being, then comes the actual dialogue that was unique to this film which added the distinct and flavorful aftertaste... and boy does it linger.

The attributes that the general population will view as 'pornography' is the actual gritty realism of the Joe's life - nymphomania. If one has any sympathy for a type of disease or an insatiable need (an addiction), they will come to understand that this movie seems to explore addiction from the perspective of each character. The addictions that shape life as well as the absence of these needs entirely as one character seems to demonstrate - the question that remains in the end is that how far can one woman allowed to take her needs in a male dominated society?

Each character has their own value in the nymphomaniac's life and changes and shapes her personality to what it becomes in the end. I urge you all before writing distasteful reviews that fuel only some type of parental guidance (this is not a movie for kids obviously) or claiming that this film is porn, to actually take the time to see a deeper meaning within the characters and their dialogue even though it is overshadowed with quite a bit of sex...

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Release Date:

20 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,978, 6 April 2014

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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