in about 100 words or less
Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany 325m, Colour
Director: Lars von Trier; Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe
Nymphomaniac is an often disturbing and sometimes explicit exploration of a number of psychosexual themes which provides a commentary on the issues of nature versus nurture and gender inequality. Presented in two parts, over eight chapters, the lonely life of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac known as “Joe” is revealed to Seligman, an elderly man who finds her beaten and lying in an alley near his home. In hearing her story, Seligman makes a series of oddly appropriate and often humorous analogies, which suggest that Joe’s lifelong self-destructive behavior has an underlying basis in nature, and that she should not blame herself for the lives that she has ruined. Dark and divisive, Nymphomaniac is a challenging film that is simultaneously beautiful and repellent (Klaus Ming May 2015).