I have made my admiration of Lars Von Trier’s directorial work quite clear many times. I think he is an unflinchingly honest and brave director in a landscape of clones. I think he is a standalone artist who understands that, to make art that affects people and gets reactions, you sometimes need to go places that make people uncomfortable. While some people like to stand around and shit talk about the weather and pretend that life isn’t super fucked up, Lars Von Trier wants to address why the world is so fucked up. He does not want to banter about weather. Nymphomaniac is he avoidance of all that bullshit and filler in life. Nymphomaniac goes right for the vein. It is the aspects of sex ( and loneliness) that no one wants to talk about, yet we all should. It is the frank discussion about primal needs we all have and the flaws that go along with those needs. It shows us how awakening and how damaging sex can be, and just like all his other work, it is brilliant and bound to piss some people off. People have been asking me my thoughts on this two-part movie a lot in the last year, and I felt it was finally time for me to just stick my proverbial dick in it.
I gotta warn you all, in the following piece we talk about fucking, sucking dick, eating pussy, anal fingering, infidelity, sadomasochism, and a bunch of other things we pretty much all do, have done, or have thought about, but for some fucked up reason are not allowed to speak of. So if you are one of those people who have a stick up their ass and want to pretend fucking should be delegated solely to the bedroom and this is all “wrong”, you may wanna go read some other site right about now. Maybe this one. For the rest of us, let’s talk about Nymphomaniac, volume one and two. Keep in mind none of those things I just mentioned are actually spoken of directly here. I just thought that would weed out some of the conservatives and make a strong point. I shall do my best to avoid spoilers, but will mention some key points of the film, as this is not a shallow review of this film, but rather, a deep examination. I am not giving it a one through five or a thumbs up. I am sticking my fingers inside of it, spreading it open, and really going to town here….