by Allan Fish
(Denmark 2013 241m) DVD1/2
Mea vulva, mea vulva, mea maxima vulva
p Louise Vesth d/w Lars Von Trier ph Manuel Alberto Claro ed Morten Hojbjerg, Molly Marlene Stensgard art Simone Grau
Charlotte Gainsbourg (older Joe), Stacy Martin (young Joe), Stellan Skarsgard (Seligman), Shia LaBeouf (Jerome), Christian Slater (Joe’s father), Connie Nielsen (Joe’s mother), Jamie Bell (K), Willem Dafoe (L), Sophie Kennedy Clark (B), Hugo Speer (Mr H), Uma Thurman (Mrs H), Felicity Gilbert (Liz), Jesper Christensen (Jerome’s uncle), Saskia Reeves (nurse), Kate Ashfield (therapist), Mia Goth (P), Michael Pas (old Jerome), Jean-Marc Barr (debtor), Udo Kier (waiter), Laura Christensen (babysitter),
Agent provocateur, enfant terrible, just plain naughty boy, call him what you like, any Lars Von Trier film is an event. In the case of Nymphomaniac it was anticipated more than perhaps any other. Those expecting something sexually arousing, however, may find themselves disappointed. After all, don’t forget that this is the concluding part of his trilogy about depression, and when I say that it’s more depressing than either Antichrist or Melancholia, you should take pause.
It follows Joe, the sex addict of the title, who is found in an alley by intellectual Seligman, who takes her back to his flat to recuperate when she refuses to have the police called. There he presses her about why she didn’t want the emergency services to come, and she tells him it’s a long story. He’s happy to listen, so she tells him the story of her life and why she is, in her own words, an awful human being. She goes back to her childhood with a kindly doctor father and an ice-cold mother, and takes in the loss of her virginity and her various friendships and lovers over the years. (more…)