Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)
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Newcomer [Stacy] Martin and old-hand [Charlotte] Gainsbourg anchor these two films with performances you can't take your eyes off. They're the calm eyes of Von Trier's storm.
Like two-year-old Joe in the film, von Trier is a toddler discovering his private parts, flashing willies, bums and vaginas at us - both literally and figuratively - in the hope that we'll either be outraged, bored or both.
With its wildly absurdist obscenities, fearlessly bold performances and wilfully indulgent lack of structure, Nymphomaniac provokes the now familiar symphony of sighs, gasps and laughs.
"I feel nothing" says the titular addict...and we understand her frustration all too well.
Astonishing, energising and exciting, Nymphomaniac is a fearless film made by a man with a tremendous lust for life in all its cruelty, absurdity and richness.
It's hard not to pine for the days when you could emerge from a Lars von Trier film angry about something other than Lars von Trier.
By the end of four hours the concept "picaresque" has been serially used and abused, much like the film's heroine. There's a vision here, even so, that shapes the film's prolix, promiscuous ends.
A sprawling tale of sexual obsession with strong performances and a jet black streak of humour lurking just under the surface, though there isn't quite enough story to justify its epic running time.
It's the first Von Trier film that is not a tiresome practical joke on the audience.
Nymphomaniac's first volume is grounded in humanity, while the second revels in its absence.
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.
With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.
For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory.
Volume 2 foresakes stylistic playfulness and sensitivity to character in favour of contrived plot mechanics, two-bit provocations and the director's compulsive need to punish.
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