Nymphomaniac: Volume I Reviews
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Genre: Drama movie
A harrowing account of a woman’s sexual addiction (by Datflybody on Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:45:00)
I have to be up front and declare that, in my humble opinion, Von Trier is a cinematic genius. No other director in the history of cinema has affected me more viscerally, and in such directness, with the fruits of his labor. Much like a master storyteller weaves a tale that is at once enchanting and rouses more questions than answers, his movies are consistently thought provoking, and do not belittle the intelligence of its audience. This film was no different from his past success, and while one would be remiss to think that a movie titled, “Nymphomaniac” would be focused on the sexual and profane, it is but a fragment of an overall more complex narrative. The film demonstrates, with chilling accuracy, the struggles of sexual addiction, and how one’s life can be irrevocably changed by that which we cannot (or often fail to) control. It is a film that, should you watch with an open and unbigoted mind, will allow you a rare and detailed glimpse into the mind of a woman who not only suffers due to her addiction, but accepts, reconciles, and overcomes it, all in the span of a 4 hour film. A masterpiece of cinema, and a film that any serious, intelligent, and mature minded individual should experience.
The actress ruins the film. (by letitburn22 on Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:41:00)
Shia LaBeouf and Charlotte Gainsbourg are both very good in this deranged tale of obsessive sexual addiction by controversial director Lars von Trier (known to shock us.) The film tells a story about a woman telling a story to a stranger about her sexual awakening and then her self-described ‘nymphomania’ and how it has basically ruined her life and made her a terrible person. The stranger doubts that she’s truly terrible and she keeps telling him more of the story allowing him (and we, the audience) to draw the conclusion for ourselves. It’s a brilliant idea and it’s only partially executed flawlessly. The acting is really good (except for Stacy Martin who plays the younger version of Gainsbourg’s character; she’s like a dead-eyed zombie the whole movie) and the way it looks is clean and amazing. I just wasn’t that impressed with what the story amounted to in this Vol. anyway - but I’m willing to finish the movie just to see what happens. The movie is extremely explicit sexually but it never feels like porn, it’s done artfully. I really feel like the actress playing the young version of Jo, while beautiful in her own way, took me out of the film and jeopardized almost every emotion that stirred in the script. She just wasn’t very good.
Unique and Entertaining (by Twisted Mystic on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:40:00)
It’s not *nearly* as dirty as I expected. Certainly less shocking that Antichrist, etc, to my sensibilities. I also found it unexpectedly funny. Once again, von Trier is making films unlike any out there. His assembly almost renders the insipid popularity contests of films (stars, ranking, opinions) irrelevant. He’s actually… making… ART. What a concept.
Feminism (by Kp1i2s0c0eSs on Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:50:00)
Great use of the plot to question our societies belief. The actors, were awesome and well written.
A Magnum Opus (by Rant DeGhetto on Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:28:00)
This being the first volume of a two volume set of films in the 'Depression Trilogy of Cinema' by director Lars Von Trier, I first and foremost reccomend before viewing Nymphomaniac recommend viewing Antichrist and Melancholia, the first two films in the trilogy, due to them being viewed as a whole, although different stories, much more powerful. Nymphomaniac sets a scene right away of 'mixed perceptions' and how the world can be viewed differently through each persons eyes. From the allegories, to the allusions, to the imagery the story unravels as though it is laid out for you to put together. Lars Von Trier does a fantastic job telling the tale of a self titled 'Nymphomaniac', and I personally reccomend viewing the film alone, with hours to spare, in the dark. It is a piece meant to be thought upon, and it may just change some of your own views.
nympho is in a class all its own (by charlotteismyspiritanimal on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:56:00)
this movie is in a class of its own! nothing like it has ever received this kind of release in the US before. it is a game-changer and a must-see
A masterpiece (by Mcnycbk on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:48:00)
This is one of von Trier's best. Surprisingly funny, incredible performances, loads of crazy sex. A must see - VOL II as well!
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