What is the Nymphomaniac?
Nymphomaniac is a European film released in 2013. The film was an international co-production between five countries, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
The film is directed and written by Lars von Trier. It is produced by Marie Cecilie Gade and Louise Vesth. The original film is about five and a half hours long. A different version of Nymphomaniac is only four hours long and was divided into two volumes. The four-hour version is used for its international release. The editor of the film noted that the shortened version of the film is released to meet the different censorship rules of each country.
The film was first released on December 25, 2013, in Denmark. The first volume had its world premiere at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Meanwhile, the uncut version of volume two premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
The story follows the story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac named Joe. She narrates her sexual experiences to Seligman, a highly-educated bachelor who found and rescued her. Joe recounts her experiences by connecting them with various objects in the room. Their conversation goes on as the two continue to parallel Joe’s sexual experience with Seligman’s hobbies.
Main Characters and Actors
|Young Joe||Stacy Martin|
|Opera Woman||Chie Skarsgård|
|Jerôme Morris||Shia LeBeouf|
|Joe’s Father||Christian Slater|
|Mrs. H||Uma Thurman|
|B||Sophie Kennedy Clark|
|Joe’s Mother (Katherine)||Connie Nielsen|
|Older Jerome||Michael Pas|
Awards & Reviews
Charlotte Gainsbourg was named as Best Actress during the 67th Bodil Awards. The film was nominated in 16 different categories during the 32nd Robert Awards and took home the Best Director, Best Danish Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Design, and Best Editing.
Nymphomaniac: Volume I received a 76% rating based on 197 critic reviews and 69% audience score based on 14,927 user ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. On the other hand, Nymphomaniac: Volume II received a 60% rating based on 124 critic reviews and 55% audience score based on 8,202 user ratings.