If you think "Fifty Shades of Grey" is too much sex then think again for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" is bound to break boundaries as it documents a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50. "Nymphomaniac" features graphic parts that include a surreal interracial sex sequence, bondage and countless sexual encounters with different partners.
According to Geoffrey Macnab's article posted in "The Independent," "Von Trier's is more akin to the artistic sensuality of Carl Dreyer than the exploitation of Russ Meyer." The film is another masterpiece of von Trier as it features the life of a long-suffering, martyred woman just like in his previous movies, Emily Watson in "Breaking The Waves" and Bjork in "Dancer In The Dark."
The movie is not just about sex but a serious art house drama with a self conscious literary structure, with eight chapters that has its own back story the movie uses a frame of reference that ranges from Poe to the Compleat Angler, and from Bach to Fibonacci numbers.
Although there are moments of prurience and extreme silliness, the movie shows off von Trier's best as he divided the film in two parts. The volume 1 gives out a lighter tone of the story played by Stacy Martin, a British newcomer known for its grace, humor and coltish beauty. Martin's plays the young Joe who sets about seducing many men as possible and loses her virginity to Jerome, Shia LaBeouf's character, all because he had a motorbike and strong hands.
Uma Thurman's cameo performance as the aggrieved and furious wife is very captivating, and Christian Slater's plays his role as Joe's tree-loving father is very effective. "Fifty Shades of Grey" sadist part is well played by Jamie Bell as he brings out his inner "Christian Grey."
According to a review posted in "The Guardian" by Xan Brooks, ""Nymphomaniac" is a perplexing preposterous and utterly fascinating; a false bill of goods in that it's a film about sex that is deliberately unsexy and a long, garrulous story (two volumes, four hours) that largely talks to itself. Those naked figures in motion are just a distraction. To blunder in on Nymphomaniac is to catch the sight of a middle-aged Dane masturbating alone in a darkened room. It may be sensational, it might even be art. But I'm not sure it is intended for public consumption."
But at the end of Brooks review he said, "Nymphomaniac annoys me, repels me, and I think I might love it. It's an abusive relationship; I need to see it again."
For now, the director is taking a vow of silence to comment about the movie. The movie is scheduled to be released in Denmark on Christmas Day.