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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

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Denmark, Germany, Belgium · 2013
2h 4m
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Willem Dafoe
Genre Drama, Mystery

Picking up where Volume I left off, the film focuses on Joe and her adulthood. She continues to recount the story of her life as a nymphomaniac, her years as a neglectful mother, her relationship with sadomasochism, and the circumstances that left her savagely beaten.

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If you thought Vol. I was a brilliant piece of provocation, then Vol. II might disappoint you with its detour into (relative) conventionality, its attacks on arthouse artificiality, and its apparently very different politics. But if you found Vol. I to be as silly as some did, then Vol. II suggests something interesting: Lars von Trier might agree.


The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

Taken as a whole, with volumes one and two in concert, Nymphomaniac looks like nothing less than a career overview, touring each era of the director’s development.


Empire by Kim Newman

A rich movie, seductive when abandoning people for falling snow or bleak nature and funny, painful and unflinching when it gets physical.


Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s one thing to declare sex a fact of life and insist that audiences confront their unease at seeing it depicted (or, equally constructive, their intense excitation at its mere mention), but quite another to fashion a fictional woman’s life around nothing but sex. As courageously depicted by Gainsbourg, Jo is ultimately a tragic character.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The point is that you could watch these films for four hours, then spend 14 arguing about them – about whether sex, for vor Trier, is an eternal human mystery, or a cosmic joke at our expense.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence.

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