Lars von Trier isn’t my favorite filmmaker by any stretch, but he makes challenging films that are almost always worth watching at least once. He’s tested my patience on more than one occasion, yet I still can’t help but to get slightly excited for whatever he decides to explore next.
His newest film is titled Nymphomaniac and it stars Charlotte Gainsbourg. I’d rather just not discuss the film and instead have you read the disturbing synopsis below:
The film is a wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.