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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Film debut for Mia Goth. 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: It's said to be difficult to take someone's life. I would've said that it's more difficult not to. For a human being, killing is the most natural thing in the world. We're created for it.
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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 »


Follows Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) See more »


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Performed by Tuva Semmingsen and Barokksolistene
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Not as good as the first volume. 5/10
15 November 2014 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I wasn't that impressed with the second volume of this intriguing story of a nymphomaniac. The story went down some weird avenues which spoilt the original storyline. After becoming a mother, she still cannot seem to have an orgasm, so she starts to go to these classes were she gets whipped and tied up. STRANGE! Then the storyline takes a complete different turn were she becomes a successful debt collector and takes on a successor who completely turns on her. There are also some unnecessary scenes, like when the Africans are arguing with erections and I was really disappointed with the ending. After watching 4 hours of this woman life story, I really was expecting more about her different conquests, but she just became more twisted in her mind, the older that she got. Anyway, the second volume wasn't exactly what I hoped for, but it's obvious that the story hasn't ended because the director cleverly left it wide open at the end. Watchable!

Round-Up: Willem Dafoe always puts in good performances in his movies, but his character wasn't a good addition to this storyline. He seemed to ask for weird things from the main character which didn't seem to have anything to do with the original concept. I'm glad that the director showed how Joe ended up in the alleyway, but I didn't understand why her successor turned on her. I also missed the brilliant performances from the top actors in the first volume and she seemed to have forgotten about her son without mentioning him throughout the rest of the movie. Anyway, I honestly think that the second volume was very sketchy, but the overall concept is worth a watch.

Budget: $4.7million Worldwide Gross: $4.9million

I recommend this movie to people who were into the first instalment of this movie and who want to see how the main characters life story progresses. 5/10

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20 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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