I am a nymphomaniac and I love myself for being one, but above all, I love my cunt and my filthy, dirty lust.
It’s a depressing weekend when I spent it with Von Tier Nymphomaniac. Nymphomaniac divided into two movies, Nymphomaniac Vol. I duration is 145 mins (Uncut version) and Nymphomaniac Vol. II duration is 180 mins (Uncut version). So in total I spent 5 hours and 25 mins for this movie.
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.
Before you proceed, I must warn you, this movie had few hardcore scenes, and there’s a lot of visible penetration but not in erotic way. Nymphomaniac wasn’t a porn movie, this complete lack of sexiness is kind of the point of the film.
I’m not like you, who fucks to be validated and might just as well give up putting cocks inside of you. And I’m not like you. All you want is to be filled up and whether it’s by a man or by tons of disgusting slop makes no difference. And I’m definitely not like you. That empathy you claim is a lie because all you are is society’s morality police whose duty is to erase my obscenity from the surface of the earth so that the Bourgeoisie won’t feel sick. I’m not like you.
I was really surprised by how human the film was, the range of the emotions it offered and the humor. Seligman’s curiosity, understanding and relative objectivity revealed my own biases and allowed me to experience Joe’s story with minimal judgement.
The beauty of this movie is, if she had been a man, might have been funny/silly/or otherwise not terrible. It was her sex drive coupled with her femininity that made it a shocking story. If you’re going to be a sexually hungry woman honestly, you need to be that battered tree, alone, and above the rest. People assume that if a women is sexually promiscuous, then she is almost just a font of sex. Also that no matter how much you reveal your humanity to others, they’ll still forget it all and eat you given half the chance.
The human qualities can be expressed in one word: hypocrisy.
The ending is bizarre, it’s like a criticism for the audience. Seligman represents the audience throughout the telling of Joe’s story, asking all the questions that we want asked, criticizing the cliches and coincidences in her story, and even pointing out how long the story is at one point. And even though Joe’s story is horrible and vile and should really be viewed as a cautionary tale if anything, he still be titillated and turned on by it, makes him forgets the core emotion of Joe’s story.
His “but you’ve slept with hundreds of men!” shows how coldly and clinically he approached Joe’s troubled story instead of trying to understand her story and see her as a human rather than just a character. It’s like a twisted joke about how this kind of discrimination is so completely ingrained into our society and our psyches.
Director: Lars von Trier
Writers: Lars von Trier
- Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe
- Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman
- Stacy Martin as young Joe
- Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme Morris
- Christian Slater as Joe’s Father
- Uma Thurman as Mrs. H
- Sophie Kennedy Clark as B
- Connie Nielsen as Katherine
- James Northcote as Young Lad 1 on Train
- Charlie G. Hawkins as Young Lad 2 on Train
- Jens Albinus as S
- Felicity Gilbert as Liz
- Jesper Christensen as Jerôme’s Uncle
- Hugo Speer as Mr. H
- Cyron Melville as A (Andy)
- Saskia Reeves as Nurse
- Nicolas Bro as F
- Christian Gade Bjerrum as G
- Jamie Bell as K
- Willem Dafoe as L
- Mia Goth as P
- Michaël Pas as older Jerôme
- Jean-Marc Barr as the Debtor Gentleman
- Udo Kier as The Waiter
- Shanti Roney as Interpreter
- Caroline Goodall as Psychologist
- Kate Ashfield as Therapist
- Tania Carlin as Renée
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75% / 60%
Metacritic Score: 64 / 60