Sunday, April 6, 2014

Movies: Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

(Drivebycuriosity) - Human sexuality has many facets. Sex can deliver pleasure, excitement and lust, but could also lead to pain and self-humiliation. Lars von Trier´s newest masterpiece describes and analyzes most of them (imdb).

In "Nymphomaniac: Vol. II" Jo continues to tell the story of her life (Vol. I reviewed here, no spoilers  driveby). The plot gets darker and much more violent: Less fun, more pain. Her manical sex drive leads here into a personal downdrift including a pathetic ménage à trois with two African males,  professional sadomasochism, illegal debt collecting and more. Because the story is told as a dialogue it has a lot of room for discourses about different sex-related subjects like religion (the differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church).

William Dafoe, one of my favorite actors, has a short but striking part, I also enjoyed a cameo of Udo Kier and was impressed by the performance given by the newcomer Mia Goth.

Like part one the film is a kaleidoscope of different parts, some are funny, others are shocking & depressing. It has again a lot of explicit sex scenes. The complete movie (Vol. I& II) may be a parable about the depths of sex. "Nymphomaniac" is a very academical, but also realistic looking study about the philosophy & psychology of sex - a movie people will talk about many years.

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