Good-natured pensioner Seligman finds the 50-year-old woman Joe beaten up in an alley and takes her home. There she can rest and tell him the story of her life and sexual exploits – from her disappointing first time until the terrible death of her father, which only fuelled her expanding promiscuity. Lars von Trier’s latest Magnum Opus always struggled with the boundaries of form and distribution. A five-and-a-half hour epic became two features that furthermore got heavily edited. The bonus of 30 minutes length displayed in this Director’s Cut of the first part don’t ramp up the explicit scenes, but show deepened and more detailed dialogue and emotion, especially during the expanded and far more drastic death struggle of Joes father. These additions reinforce the certainty that NYMPHOMANIAC is so much more than just a piece of scandal cinema – it is a surprisingly tender, formally fascinating and sometimes even funny chronicle of human desires and the fleetingness of happiness.
Nymphomaniac Vol. I – Director’s Cut
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Selected filmography Lars von Trier
THE ELEMENT OF CRIME (1984), MEDEA (1988), EUROPA (1991), BREAKING THE WAVES (1996), THE IDIOTS (1998), DANCER IN THE DARK (2000), THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (2003), DOGVILLE (2003), MANDERLAY (2005), ANTICHRIST (2009), MELANCHOLIA (2011)