NYMPHOMANIAC VOLUME II
The decision to split Lars von Trier’s epic erotic journey into two parts is one of the worst cinematic travesties committed in 2014. Von Trier’s signature rigor, combined with the freethinking filmmaker’s unique instincts for penetrating universal human truths, resounds with a pure cinematic clarity that is astounding.
Provocative, droll, fearless, and cinematically sexual in unprecedented ways, “Nymphomaniac” (in its proper unedited form) is a four-hour movie with an unknown potential to alter reality.
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sexually polymorphic character Joe represents an icon of the contradictions of modern day feminist ideologies. That Joe’s sexually adventurous self-help therapy places her in the presence of an overeducated male exploiter (disguised as her rescuer) puts a sharp grace note that carries on and on and on.
Not Rated. 124 mins. (A) (Five Stars — out of five/no halves)
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