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NYMPH()MANIAC : Volume I & II (2013)
 (บรรยายอังกฤษ)

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Director:Lars von Trier Producer:Marie Cecilie Gade, Louise Vesth Cinematography: Manuel Alberto Claro

Running time:117 min + 124 min Country:Denmark Language:English Genre:Drama Subtitle:English 

Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman, Stacy Martin as young Joe, Shia LaBeouf as Jerôme Morris,
Christian Slater as Joe''s Father, Uma Thurman as Mrs. H, Sophie Kennedy Clark as B, Connie Nielsen as Katherine (Joe''s Mother),
James Northcote as Young Lad 1 on Train, Charlie G. Hawkins as Young Lad 2 on Train, Jens Albinus as S,

Felicity Gilbert as Liz (Secretary), Jesper Christensen as Jerôme''s Uncle, Hugo Speer as Mr. H, Cyron Melville as A (Andy),
Saskia Reeves as Nurse, Nicolas Bro as F, Christian Gade Bjerrum as G, Jamie Bell as K, Willem Dafoe as L, Mia Goth as P,
Michaël Pas as older Jerôme, Jean-Marc Barr as the Debtor Gentleman, Udo Kier as The Waiter, Shanti Roney as Interpreter,
Caroline Goodall as Psychologist, Kate Ashfield as Therapist, Tania Carlin as Renée, Daniela Lebang as Brunelda,
Omar Shargawi as Thug 1, Marcus Jakovljevic as Thug 2, Severin von Hoensbroech as Debtor in Greenhouse

 

 

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Bodil Awards 2014

Won
Bodil
Best Actress (Bedste kvindelige hovedrolle)
Charlotte Gainsbourg 
Nominated
Bodil
Best Supporting Actress (Bedste kvindelige birolle)
Uma Thurman 
Best Supporting Actor (Bedste mandlige birolle)
Jamie Bell 
Best Actress (Bedste kvindelige hovedrolle)
Stacy Martin 
Best Actor (Bedste mandlige hovedrolle)
Stellan Skarsgård 
Best Film (Bedste danske film)
Lars von Trier 
 
 

 


Nymphomaniac (stylized in advertising as NYMPH()MANIAC) is a 2013 two-part Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, and Willem Dafoe.

The world premiere of the first part of the five-and-half-hour-long uncut version occurred on 16 February 2014 at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Nymphomaniac is the third and final entry in von Trier''s unofficially titled "Depression Trilogy", having been preceded by Antichrist and Melancholia.

Plot

On a cold winter''s evening, the old, charming bachelor Seligman finds the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, over the next eight chapters, recounts the lustful story of her highly erotic life from infancy to the age of 50. Seligman is widely read and connects Joe''s stories with what he has read about.

Volume I

1. "The Compleat Angler"

From a young age, Joe becomes interested in her genitalia and explores herself sexually. As a young woman (Stacy Martin), she loses her virginity to Jerôme (Shia LaBeouf), a random guy who she had no relationship with, this first encounter leaves her disappointed. Years later, accompanied by her best friend B (Sophie Kennedy Clark), Joe engages with multiple people sexually on a train carriage. After having sex in the toilet with many of the men she comes across, she sexually assaults one of them who had denied her advances. The whole purpose of such a sex train-trip, was no other than winning a bet which had a candy bag as a prize.

2. "Jerôme"

Joe takes on more lovers as she, B and several friends create a club, "The Little Flock," dedicated to freeing themselves from the prospect of love, though Joe leaves after the other members start to develop more serious relationships with their lovers. As she gets older and finds work after dropping out of medical school, her first employer is none other than Jerôme. Whilst sexual intentions are clearly on his mind, she finds herself avoiding his advances, frustrating him. When Joe does find sexual interests in him however, she is too late as he has left along with his uncle''s secretary Liz. She is immediately fired by his uncle (Jesper Christensen) for her lack of experience.

3. "Mrs. H"

Time moves on and she finds herself engaging in multiple partners once again, though still longing to be together with Jerôme. On one occasion with one of her clients, H (Hugo Speer), she causes conflict that makes him leave his wife for her. The distressed Mrs. H (Uma Thurman) enters her house and attempts to demonize them in front of her children, though Joe states in the present that this barely affected her. The situation then becomes more grotesque and complicated as Joe''s next lover, A, arrives at the house and finds himself in the middle of Mrs. H''s mental breakdown. The family finally leaves, but not before Mrs. H chastises Joe for her lifestyle, slaps her now ex-husband and leaves the apartment screaming.

4. "Delirium"

Later on, Joe''s father dies and she sinks into despair.

5. "The Little Organ School"

Just before the end, after going on one of her regular walks, Jerôme finds her after separating from Liz, a coincidence Seligman finds preposterous, and they embrace. As the two engage in passionate sex, Joe becomes distraught after finding that she can no longer ''feel anything''.

Volume II

6. "The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)"

Joe falls into a crisis when she realizes that she lost all interest in sex; Jerôme and she try to work on her problem, but nothing seems to work. When the two conceive a baby together, Marcel, Jerôme struggles to keep up with her constant sex demand and so he allows her to frequent other men in order to satisfy her mood. This is shown to be detrimental later however as he becomes jealous of her endeavors.
As the years pass her sexual endeavors become increasingly violent, including visits to K (Jamie Bell), a sadomasochist who ties her to a couch and beats her. The visits to this man become more and more important in her life, and at some point, they take priority over her own child. When Jerôme comes home one day to find the baby unattended, he starts watching Joe closely and, on Christmas Day, he makes her pick between her family or K. She picks the latter and, after receiving a savage beating from K, takes a path of loneliness away from her one and only possibility of a normal life.

7. "The Mirror"

Some time passes and Joe is left with some irreversible damage due to K''s . Her nymphomania is shown to be well known around the office she now works at, prompting her boss to demand she attend sex addiction anonymous groups under the threat of losing her job. After attending a meeting, she struggles to clean her apartment out of anything that reminds her of sex until she ends up masturbating with her herbarium. After three weeks of sexual sobriety, Joe drops out of the class after seeing a reflection of her younger self in a mirror and viciously attacking her therapist and every member of the group.

8 "The Gun"

Joe turns to organized crime and uses her experience in sex and sadomasochism to beat debtors for money. Her superior, L (Willem Dafoe), recommends that she gets an apprentice to help her out. The girl in question, P, eventually ends up moving in with Joe, and they soon engage in a sexual relationship.

On one occasion during a round of debt collection, Joe notices that they are at a house belonging to Jerôme, and to make sure she is not seen she tells P to perform her first solo job. Joe soon discovers that P is cheating on her with Jerôme, and in the climax she pulls a gun on him whilst the two are walking down an alley. When she pulls the trigger, she forgets to cock the pistol and Jerôme viciously beats Joe, then penetrates P in front of her in the same way he took Joe''s virginity. P then urinates on her and they leave her as she was at the beginning of the story.

In the present Seligman describes to Joe that the circumstances of her life might have been due to differences in gender representation; all of the stigma, guilt and shame she felt for her actions made her fight back aggressively ''like a man''. He also states that she subconsciously did not want to kill Jerome and so forgot to remember how to cock a gun. Joe, who has until this moment been playing devil''s advocate to Seligman''s assumptions, announces she is too tired to go on and asks to go to sleep.

As she begins to drift off, Seligman returns, and stands next to Joe''s bed with his pants off, clearly wanting sexual intercourse, despite being asexual. Joe refuses and, as the screen turns black, shoots Seligman with the gun, hurriedly grabs her things and leaves.




 






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