Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

Directed By – Lars von Trier

Screenplay By – Lars von Trier

Cinematography By – Manuel Alberto Claro

Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Stellan Skarsgård

123 min.

The second half to von Trier’s sex saga is the tale of the downfall of our lustful protagonist, Joe, played by the excellent Charlotte Gainsbourg. Vol. II isn’t as tantalizing as Vol. I and is therefore less scandalous, but Vol. II still holds an audience’s interest throughout. The relationship between Joe and Seligman is still as interesting as it is in Vol. I even though Seligman’s insights aren’t.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II is another terrific movie by von Trier. The ending is somewhat unwonted for the two characters, but it does make you think once the credits roll. Watch these two movies, enjoy the full on exploration of sex and desire. And enjoy Gainsbourg and Skarsgård, because they are both brilliant.

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Directed By – Lars von Trier

Screenplay By – Lars von Trier

Cinematography By – Manule Alberto Claro

Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Stellan Skarsgård

117 min.

Another bold movie by von Trier, Nymphomaniac explores the psychological obsession of sex through the contrasting lens of lust and academia. Gainsbourg is again brilliant as the sexual deviant, but Skarsgård’s performance is what really stands out to me in Vol. I. He is so perfect as the academic aficionado that without him Gainsbourg’s character is just another slut in the world. Skarsgård and his character Seligman’s observation are what makes Nymphomaniac an art film rather than a soft core porn.

Again von Trier shows how original he is an how no subject is taboo if done with vigor. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I is a movie worth watching.

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Antichrist (2009)

Directed By – Lars von Trier

Screenplay By – Lars von Trier

Cinematography By – Anthony Dod Mantle

Starring Willem Dafoe & Charlotte Gainsbourg

108 min.

Whoa! Few movies in recent history have the methodic pace that Antichrist has and then gives you a hell of a final act. This movie is like a hiker steadily climbing up a cliff, taking his time to enjoy his progress, and then when he gets to the top, he jumps off letting gravity take its toll. I absolutely love movies like this. Its completely fuck up and its marvelous. It helps that von Trier appears to be a master at his craft.

Willem Dafoe. Willem Dafoe. Willem Dafoe. The guy is fucking amazing in this movie. Few movies have Dafoe on screen as long as Antichrist does and he is perfect. Dafoe isn’t playing a super villain or some action star but he’s just a therapist trying to help is wife through an extremely hard time in their relationship. Watching Dafoe is amazing and makes you realize how damn good this guy is.

Charlotte Gainsbourg is becoming, if not already is, my favorite actress based on these von Trier movies. She nails every nuance, every facial expression to bring her characters to life and she goes balls to the wall with her characters. Von Trier isn’t fucking around and neither is Gainsbourg. Holy shit. She also loves (or is at least super comfortable) being naked which is refreshing for an actress of her caliber.

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Melancholia (2011)

Directed By – Lars von Trier

Screenplay By – Lars von Trier

Cinematography By – Manuel Alberto Claro

Starring Kirsten Dunst & Charlotte Gainsbourg

130 min.

As my first Lars von Trier movie I had no idea what to expect. What I got was a beautifully shot, methodic movie about two sisters who both deal with two different types of “melancholia”. Kirsten Dunst’s character, Justine, deals with the old fashion psychological disorder during her wedding night while her sister Claire, Charlotte Gainsbourg, deals with the hidden planet named “Melancholia” that is passing by Earth.

Melancholia is an incredibly interesting and thoughtful film but for my first viewing was just a tad too long and a tad too repetitive. The structure of the movie is unique being split up into two major segments based on the two sisters experiences with melancholia. The acting is great, the music is fantastic, and artistically it’s superb. It’s flaws come in length and story, but this movie is worth a watch. But maybe watch another von Trier before giving Melancholia a view.

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