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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 March 2014 (USA)
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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

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Lars von Trier

Writer:

Lars von Trier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Joe
Stellan Skarsgård ... Seligman
Stacy Martin ... Young Joe
Shia LaBeouf ... Jerôme
Christian Slater ... Joe's Father
Uma Thurman ... Mrs. H
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... B
Connie Nielsen ... Joe's Mother
Ronja Rissmann Ronja Rissmann ... Joe - 2 Years
Maja Arsovic Maja Arsovic ... Joe - 7 years
Sofie Kasten Sofie Kasten ... B - 7 Years
Ananya Berg Ananya Berg ... Joe - 10 Years
Anders Hove ... Odin
James Northcote ... Young Lad 1 on Train
Charlie Hawkins Charlie Hawkins ... Young Lad 2 on Train
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Storyline

A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager while Seligman tells about his hobbies, such as fly fishing, reading about Fibonacci numbers or listening to organ music. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Forget About Love

Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark | Germany | Belgium | UK | France | Sweden | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£143,282 (United Kingdom), 23 February 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,369, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$785,669, 15 June 2014
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color | Black and White (Chapter 4 sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The number of chapter headings both in this film and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) that begin with "The" also reflects the Fibonacci sequence numbers that are constantly entwined with Joe's life: Five ("The Compleat Angler," "The Little Organ School," "The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck)," "The Mirror" and "The Gun") and three (""Jerôme," "Mrs. H" and "Delirium"). See more »

Goofs

The train carriage where the two girls pick up strangers is German, but the ticket collector is wearing a British Railways uniform from the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. H: Well, if three is a crowd, then seven must be a bit of a challenge for the pretty miss. I must say I have a hard time picturing her enjoying loneliness.
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Crazy Credits

Near the very end of the credits there is this disclaimer: "None of the professional actors had penetrative sexual intercourse and all such scenes where [sic] performed by body doubles." See more »

Alternate Versions

The director's cut adds roughly 28 minutes of footage, expanding some of the subplots. See more »

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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Performed by Henrik Dam Thomsen and Ulrich Staerk
Written by César Franck
Arranged by Kristian Eidnes Andersen (as Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen)
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Contains merit, though you have to work for it.
24 June 2014 | by thomasshahbazSee all my reviews

This is an interesting, intellectual piece on the nature of sex, love, addiction and morality.

It's a shame Von Trier seems intent on inserting explicit sex into his work these days, as it mostly serves to alienate the viewer (or me, anyway) from the message of the work.

In response to those who call him a pornographer, I couldn't disagree more. I'm not sure whether the sex in this film is gratuitous, perhaps it is, but it certainly isn't titillating at all, and I don't believe it's meant to be. In fact it's quite the opposite, coming off as depressing, soulless and devoid of humanity, except for that of Joe's victims.

I'm not sure what I feel about the film overall, but I'd say it's more good than bad, and definitely worth a watch.

A note on the different versions: I've seen the longer version, but saw half of the shorter, cut version, and honestly I can't say it seemed to make much difference. When something is so graphic, why censor it at all?


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