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Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II 2013

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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 May 2015
Format: DVD
NYMPHOMANIAC 1

Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Jo, a fifty-something lady with a self-diagnosed addiction to sex, and no small amount of self-loathing. A similarly aged chap, Seligman, who's played by Stellan Skarrsgard, finds her sprawled one night on a rainswept street, her face covered in bruises. He takes the damsel in distress back to his home, and Jo suddenly starts to treat the stranger to a confessional of her extensive sexual history, going right back to losing her virginity as a 15 year old girl. What follows then is a succession of highly erotic vignettes, starting out with Jo and her best pal, as a couple of 17 year old girls, competing with each other to see who can copulate with the most strangers on a late night train...
This film is nicely shot arthouse erotica with a very studied and too leisurely pace. The film score is minimalistic and the cinematography is lavish. Jo's lack of sexual mores and boundaries is never really explained, it's just told as a chronological factual account, and overall she's an unsympathetic, dull and self-obsessed character.
Seligmann is far more interesting as the chief protagonist, an articulate and contemplative intellectual, who tries to puzzle out Jo's behaviour by comparing it with, inter alia, the lifecycle of freshwater river fish. There's a surfeit of colourful and entertaining psycho-babble, which overlays the medium-core scenes of masturbation, fellatio and sexual congress. However, for me, by far the best parts of the movie involve Jo as a little girl spending time with her father, played charmingly by Christian Slater, which I found very touchingly drawn, and more convincing than the seedy history of Jo's tawdry and unsatisfying encounters, with a long line of somewhat unprepossessing and rather anodyn men.
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That’s a monumental film with four hours of moving pictures that end in one single sequence that alas changes the whole meaning of these four hours. But let’s keep that last sequence for the end.

The film has a subject that is irritatingly made sibylline by the parentheses in the place of the O in the title. These parentheses could mean many things but they always have to mean that something is in-between them, and in a title it can only be the person this title indicates, hence Joe. She is thus asserted to be in-between two things and though we do not understand what she is in-between when looking at the title, we very fast understand many possible meanings.

Right at the beginning of the story, a story that is being told to us by the voice over of Joe herself and the voice over of Seligman, her benefactor, savior and listener, she tells us about a vision she had when twelve or so with two women appearing in the sky, one being seen more or les like the Holy Virgin by Joe herself. But Seligman at once introduces another interpretation. One is Valeria Messalina, Emperor Claudius’s wife, and the second is the Whore of Babylon. The first one is a woman with a very dubious reputation though that reputation is probably more the result of political strife than of real facts. “She was a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, a second-cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and a great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, she allegedly conspired against her husband and was executed on the discovery of the plot.” (Wikipedia) The Whore of Babylon everyone knows since she is the great monstrous promiscuous by profession heroin of Saint John’s Apocalypse, or Book of Revelation.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
It was quite the surprise when my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati recently announced that it would be showing this (both Vol. I and II), starting this weekend and only for one week. I saw Vol. I and Vol. II on consecutive, and have posted my reviews of each of them under the separate Vol. I and Vol. II listings here on Amazon.

This particular combo set brings you the two Volumes in one handy package. Vol. I runs 118 min. and Vol. II runs 123 min, hence the total running time for this combo-pack is correctly listed at 241 min. There are no bonus materials of any kind on this release. If that is what you are intending to buy, by all means, go for it.

However, if you think you've seen all of Nymph()maniac with these two movies, you are mistaken. Nymph()maniac was originally shot as a 5 1/2 hr. movie. For various reasons, Von Trier's production company decided to release the movie into most international markets (including US theatres) as a two-parter of 2 hrs. each, with the intent of releasing the full 5/12 hr. movie at some point later in 2014 (presumably directly on DVD/Bly-ray), and supposedly with lots more explicit scenes deemed too daring for the theatrical release.

Bottom line: just make sure that what you are buying is in line with your expectations. If you just want Nymph()maniac Vol. I and II as you saw it in the theater, this combo-pack will do the trick. If however you want the full running time as originally intended by writer-director Lars Von Trier, you should hold out until that "Director's Cut" is released (supposedly) later in 2014.
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