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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

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Denmark, Germany, Belgium · 2013
1h 58m
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf
Genre Drama

A man named Seligman finds a wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is a nymphomaniac. Joe talks about her sexual experiences since she was a young teenager while Seligman discusses his hobbies, such as fly fishing and listening to organ music.

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Total Film by

With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.


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

The most shocking thing about Nymphomaniac, with its cock-shot montages and frankly descriptive narration, is how flat-out funny it often is.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

There’s plenty of flesh (much of it belonging to porn doubles), although the film is rarely, if ever, what most people would call erotic or pornographic. It’s neither deeply serious nor totally insincere; hovering somewhere between the two, it creates its own mesmerising power.


Empire by Kim Newman

A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it’s among von Trier’s more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

So far, Nymphomaniac looks like a major work from a major director: a compendium of all von Trier’s career-long preoccupations with gender roles, authoritarianism, religion, obsessive behavior, and lust.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Racy subject aside, the film provides a good-humored yet serious-minded look at sexual self-liberation, thick with references to art, music, religion and literature, even as it pushes the envelope with footage of acts previously relegated to the sphere of pornography.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Nymphomaniac, which mainly plays out in the banal home-and-office settings you might expect from a 1970s porn shoot, is less drop-dead gorgeous than Antichrist but significantly more human.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating.

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