Nymphomaniac: Volume INymphomaniac: Volume I
(2014)
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Nymphomaniac: Volume I

A woman addicted to sex recounts her experiences to her savior.

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Split into two parts for its commercial release due to its length, 'Nymphomaniac' is the last part of Danish director Lars von Trier's 'Depression Trilogy'. However, unlike the two previous installments ('Antichrist' and 'Melancholia'), this film has an acidic and darkly humorous sense to tell the story of a woman (played at different stages by Charlotte Gainsborough and Stacy Martin) who considers herself addicted to sex but rebels against the idea of love. The story reaches surprisingly sentimental and less exhausting conclusions about sex and intimacy, even if the sex scenes can be perceived as self-indulgent.

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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). VOLUME I also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier.

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