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My Thoughts on ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. I’

March 13, 2014 1 comment

I’ve never met Lars von Trier. There are many obvious reasons for that, but I’m not sure I’d even take the opportunity if it came up. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that his public persona is that of an insufferable prick. Maybe it’s calculated, maybe it’s not – reports of his bouts with depression do help explain some of his bizarre behavior. And that darkness certainly explains his films. Anyone who saw Dogville knows it wasn’t made by a director with a sunny disposition.

His latest, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, is every bit as twisted and depraved as anything he’s ever made (Vol. II releases in April, so I may be speaking too soon). But after he felt the wrath of the press and public a few years back due to some bizarre comments at a press conference, he no longer comes across as an angry, misanthropic

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Looking for strangers on a train… (Image via praguepost.com)

auteur. Amazingly, with this most recent film, he seems to be having a lot of fun. And I had a lot of fun watching it… but it still hurts, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If there were movie rental stores left, the title would certainly make most any passerby take notice and pick up the box (remember those days? Barely). Much like von Trier’s 2009 masterpiece, Antichrist, the title is a bit mysterious, salacious and probably offensive to some. That being said, anyone who has seen a von Trier film before knows that the provocative title is only a tiny hint at the insanity/violence/sex to come.

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