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Sex & Nudity

  • A lot of sex but they are done using CGI and camera tricks. Example: You don't actually see a penis go into a girl's mouth when she gives oral sex. You just see the top part of her head going up and down.
  • The Australian version is heavily modified so no vaginal shots are seen, however throughout the movie there is a constant flow of close-ups of men's penises ejaculating, all skin colours and erect and flaccid.
  • Several instances of erect penises displayed in full view. In one scene, the main character performs unsimulated oral sex on a man.
  • The Director's Cut version is extremely explicit, with many closeup shots of vaginal and anal penetration.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence isn't frequent, but when it happens it's strong and bloody.
  • Joe goes to a young man, only referred to as K, who performs sadomasochistic acts on women who desire such. He ties her up and whips her butt many times until the skin is covered with welts and bleeding.


  • Many F-words, 5 C-words, many other anatomical and scatological profanities.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol is consumed in a couple of scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The second volume is extremely disturbing and more violent than the first, and the sex scenes/nudity are intense. These sequences unexpectedly start and end abruptly.
  • The scenes with K are quite graphic, and can be hard to watch.


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Sex & Nudity

  • At the end of the film, a man pulls his limp penis out of his pants, holds it a few inches away from her butt and tries unsuccessfully to arouse himself.

Violence & Gore

  • Joe pulls a gun on Jerome, but fails to pull the hammer back. He circles her silently, knocks her down, and proceeds to beat her up, leaving her lying on the ground. After having brief sex with Jerome, P walks over and urinates on Joe.
  • Seligman attempts to have sex with Joe, assuming that she, as a nymphomaniac, has had sex with thousands of men and therefore does not care. The screen cuts to black as Joe grabs the gun out of her pocket. Only the sounds of what is transpiring are heard: Joe cocks the gun and shoots Seligman. We hear the thump of a body and Joe quickly leaving the apartment.
  • ONLY ON DIRECTORS CUT AND HARD TO STOMACH! Joe performs an abortion to herself, with instruments from her home. The scene is extremely graphic, when she is shown penetrating her vagina with different sized sticks with blood coming out and on the end she digs a small fetus out. The pulling out the fetus is suprisingly quick, but certainly not for the faint of heart.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene, reminiscent of von Trier's earlier work Antichrist, that Joe's infant son approaches the ledge of a nearby window. Unlike Antichrist, the child does not fall off the edge.
  • The scene where Jerome attacks Joe after she tries to kill him is intense.
  • The scene shown in directors cut where Joe performs an abortion to herself with very graphic details. People are known to have fainted because of this scene.

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