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NYMPH()MANIAC VOL. I

LARS VON TRIER

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Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is lying bloodied and beaten in an alley. Her body is discovered by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), a literate, learned bachelor living a monkish existence. Seligman takes the woman in and tends to her wounds. In return Joe tells him the story of her life as a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, measuring out the trysts and travails of her sexual odyssey in enigmatically titled chapters.

It should come as no surprise to hear that Lars von Trier’s eagerly anticipated epic is provocative, a tantalising and teasing film, complex and intellectually challenging while containing a detectable strand of knowing, pitch black humour. An extraordinary cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe and Uma Thurman, all make bold and striking appearances, though British actress Stacy Martin is a revelation as the young Joe. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

★★★★ The Irish Times

This film is presented in two volumes with normal ticket prices applicable to each. Book Volume II here.

Both Nymphomaniac Vols. I & II will feature as part of March’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday, March 24th at 18.30. This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

Vol I: 118 mins, Denmark-Germany-France-Belgium-U.K., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

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