Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
May 12 
Mon 8:00 (Vol Two) 
(Denmark / 2013 / Directed by Lars von Trier)
Unrated / 122 mins.
From Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia) comes this poetic drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
After a hypnotic opening sequence, an older gentleman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. Bringing her home to his flat, he tends her wounds and listens intently as she recounts the story of her life, all the while connecting her stories with books he has read. Neither deeply serious nor totally insincere, Nymphomaniac creates its mesmerizing power by floating above specifics of time and place, undercutting its main focus with haunting digressions, highly charged set pieces, and bold flights of fancy. So much more than a ribald tale of sex, von Trier’s erotic epic provokes all manner of philosophical interpretations. Told in 2 parts: Volume I and Volume II.
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