Nymphomaniac: Vol. II


Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 59%
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IMDb Rating 6.7 10 71321


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Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme
Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman
Uma Thurman as Mrs. H
Christian Slater as Joe's Father
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nigel P 9 / 10

Spoilers for parts 1 and 2 ...

'Nymphomaniac' is a huge project written and directed by Lars von Trier. Trier has proven a controversial figure over the years, with his filmic output attracting similar contention and many awards (Shia LaBeouf, who stars as Jerome, has said about von Trier that he is 'dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified.'). Trier suffers from depression, and appears to inject some of his personality into the characters. This is my first experience of his work, and I absolutely love it.

A beautifully directed opening, simply featuring snow falling on an industrial landscape, water dripping from roofing, slowly reveals the beaten and broken figure of a young woman Joe. She is found by lonesome scholar, bachelor Seligman, whose quiet ways mask his erudite intelligence. When Joe stirs, she too, is very well spoken, very refined. After she refuses medical treatment, he takes her to his spacious but dilapidated home. Therein, with the falling snow outside acting as a constant backdrop, she tells him about herself. She is a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, and despises herself for it. Using his own interests as a yardstick, Seligman interprets her self-loathing, often into something more positive. Joe's stories are divided into various chapters, sometimes resulting in her destroying lives and relationships, sometimes not. Seligman's precise and dispassionate synopsis is because he is a virgin and remains sexually unmoved by Joe's forthright, graphic accounts.

Possibly the most disturbing chapter is 6. "The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)", in which Joe visits 'K' (Jamie Bell) to assuage her never-ending sexual dependency. The violence inflicted upon her willing person is punishing and sadistic - and it comes at a heavy price: the loss of Joel and son Marcel. Here we are actually seeing the regular repercussions and personal consequences of her condition and it is horrific.

'Nymphomaniac' is fascinating throughout. The playing is exemplary, the direction beautifully contrasting the ramshackle calm of Seligman's existence, and the unstoppable, often self-destructive calamity of Joe's addiction to sex. Sometimes the scenes are extremely graphic for a brief time, but such is the surrounding story and reasons for her carnal addiction, they convey the nature of her being rather than shock. There is a poetic sense of symmetry to certain events, words and statistics that ensures many things come full circle. And ultimately, that the flaws of the characters dovetail each other in a very satisfying manner.

The cast list contains Charlotte Gainsburg and Stacey Martin as Joe at different ages, Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman, and features Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, William Defoe and Udo Kier amongst many other very talented, naturalistic actors. The excellent Mia Goth plays 'P' (Goth is starring in a forthcoming remake of 'Suspiria' in 2018). My only complaint would be that the actors playing young versions of the characters look unlike the older versions - that is, if everything else wasn't so perfect. And perfect isn't a word I have cause to use very often.

'Nymphomaniac' was released in two parts in the UK, but has a total running time of either 241 minutes or 325 minutes, depending on whether you see the uncut version or not. It has deservedly won multiple awards, including three for Trier himself. Devoting the time to watch is an undertaking, but is worth it, because your eyes will never dare to leave the screen.

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 1 / 10

A mediocre end to a movie that had not started very well.

Contrary, perhaps, to the majority of the public, I decided to see this film because of the name of its director, Lars von Trier. If I liked "Antichrist" and I considered this film particularly artistic, I do not know yet very well what to think about this film, which is the second half of a movie that, in fact, has already started quite badly, with a Vol. I weaker than I expected. The script continues the conversation between Joe and his good Samaritan, the innocent and asexual Seligman. The story gradually becomes more dense, with the protagonist descending deeper into her own perversion: sadomasochism, beatings, the destruction of her own family with dramatic consequences for her only child, the way of crime... all seems to reveal the worst consequences of sex addiction. However, as it all grows darker, the film loses verisimilitude and becomes an unbelievable sexual tale.

The film is absolutely loaded with explicit sex scenes, with close shots of the genitals and penetration. Von Trier remains faithful to the rule of showing everything that is spoken, whether it be beautiful or ugly. So this movie requires you to be, at least, able not to be scandalized by the sex scenes. If you cannot, the best thing to do is watch another movie. On the other hand, sex scenes are so cruel and insensitive that you probably will not take any pleasure in watching it. Emotionally violent, the film raises constant moral and ethical issues.

About the actors, I mentioned in my review of Vol. 1 that I did not like the performance of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård. I like the way the characters seem to complete themselves, for they are totally the opposite of each other: the sinner and the saint. But I don't like their cold way, and the ultra-intellectual and insipid dialogues annoy me a bit, almost as much as obscenities. Jamie Bell was well but his character seems incomprehensible. I'll never realize why he did that to women. Willem Dafoe seems too nice to be a real criminal and Mia Goth has received a ridiculous character. In fact, the whole final part of the movie is ridiculous and it was what I most hated here.

This movie is a bad ending to a story that has never had great merits from the beginning, but that is sinking in the mud as it walks towards the end. As for the sex scenes, they are absolutely pointless, as happens throughout the entire movie. The story could have been perfectly told the same way without having to see all the details. And there's still that famous abortion scene! Absolutely horrible to watch, but very educational for anyone who says they agree with this practice for some obtuse reason.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 1 / 10

M()re b()ring pseud()-intellectual p()rn from Lars V()n Trier.

Nymph()maniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) continues to tell her soporific tale of sex addiction and S&M to asexual stranger Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård).

I surely deserve some kind of medal for watching Nymph()maniac Volumes 1 and 2 back-to-back; either that or I need my head examining. Like the first film, this second volume is wall-to-wall pseudo-intellectual tripe with a little hardcore sex and some S&M to spice things up. Actually, scrap that… it's more like a hardcore sex and S&M movie with some pseudo-intellectual claptrap in an effort to validate it as a work of art and not just extremely bad porn.

It's hard to say who or what I hated most about this film, since virtually every frame irked me, but if I had to choose it would be both Skarsgård and Gainsbourg, whose lifeless performances threaten to put the viewer into a coma, Jamie Bell's irritating turn as professional masochist K (I have hated almost everything I have seen him in) and Shia La Beouf as Jerome (I've hated almost everything I have seen him in too).

Having now sat through three Lars Von Trier movies, the other being the barely watchable Antichrist, I can now say that I am officially done with this director.

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