The ‘Nymphomaniac’ director has opened up about his problems with drugs and alcohol.
Danish director Lars Von Trier has revealed he is undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and is now sober. Speaking to the newspaper Politiken, von Trier says he now attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily, but worries about the effect his new fund sobriety may have on his filmmaking career.
Lars von Trier says he is now clean of alcohol and drugs
The 58 year old director revealed to the newspaper that almost all his films had been written under the influence, explaining that he felt drinking a bottle of vodka daily helped him enter a “parallel world” necessary for creation. However he now fears that coming off both alcohol and drugs might mean he could only produce “shitty films”.
Lars von Trier's new film has been a rumour-fest since it first began production, we take a look at the mythological development of the controversial 'Nymphomaniac'.
Lars Von Trier’s latest film Nymphomaniac has been getting everyone hot under the collar since before any actual filming even began. Written and directed by the controversial von Trier, who is renowned for his avant-garde approach to filmmaking, the film stars Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LeBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe...how’s that for a star-studded cast?
Shia LaBeouf plays one of Joe's lovers in Nymphomaniac
There may be loads of mainstream actors on board, but the concept behind Nymphomaniac is anything but commercial. Charting the sexual history of Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, the plot sees her recount her erotic experiences to Seligman, a bachelor who took her in after finding her having been beaten up in an alley. Divided into two separate films, or “volumes”, and eight chapters, the first volume of Nymphomaniac tells the story of Joe when she was young (played by Stacy Martin) while volume two is concerned with the older Joe.
Continue reading: The Mythological Production Of Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'
Who's off to the cinema to catch this one tonight?
Lar Von Trier’s controversial film (that’s almost become a mandatory sentence hasn’t it?) ‘Nymphomaniac Vol 1’ hits America tonight (March 21) on a limited basis. But considering the movie has been available on-demand since March 7 in the U.S. through distributor Magnolia Pictures, will anyone go and see it at the cinema?
Lars Von Trier could have done with this kind of thing at Cannes
We’re talking about those moments you watch a sex scene with your parents. It’s awkward enough at home let alone in the cinema, and while – of course – no kids will be attending the multiplex to check out the steamy number, watching explicit sex scenes in public isn’t the most comfortable way to spend a Friday evening. Especially when the option to watch it at home is very much available.
Joe is a fiercely determined 50-year-old woman whose sexual drive has taken over her entire life. Her story of how she ended up injured in an alleyway and subsequently being nursed back to health by the curious Seligman deepens and darkens in this half of the story, as she relays tales of how her sexuality has caused so much damage. In a bid to somehow recover from her nymphomania, she attends a therapy group, but she also can't resist meeting a therapist of a different kind as she finds new and more dangerous ways to challenge herself and her sexuality. Her pleasure through pain has led her to a potential job with a group of criminals who are looking for somebody to inflict pain on their victims. But with such instable people around her, just how close is she to landing in some serious trouble?
Continue: Nymphomaniac: Volume II Trailer
Lars Von Trier's highly talked about 'Nymphomaniac: Volume 1' is nearing its release date, and anticipation is quickly building.
The controversial, and highly racy, upcoming Lars Von Trier film 'Nymphomaniac: Volume 1' has been the center of a great deal of media attention for the past couple of years, and in a matter of weeks eager cinemagoers will be able to find out why there was such an uproar.
Director Lars Von Trier in a promotional shot
The movie, which is split into two parts, follows the story of a women named 'Joe' who is saved, after being badly beaten in an alley-way, by a man named 'Seligman', and after taking her to his apartment and tending to 'Joe's' wounds, she then recalls her past life of excessive desires.
Joe has always known she's been completely obsessed with sex ever since she was a young girl. Her excessive desires would see her meet man after man after man, eventually with little ability to remember who was who. Her fantasies were extreme; she wanted to rebel against the idea of love by allowing herself to be used by men as if she were an object. When she finds herself lying in an alleyway in her fifties having been badly beaten by an as yet unknown perpetrator, she is rescued by a charming older man named Seligman who takes her to his home and offers her a pick-me-up and a bed for the night. It's there she uncovers her entire sexual history, though with none of the joy it brought her as a young woman. Instead, she is despondent and filled with a heart-breaking self-hatred as Seligman tries to offer some wise words of comfort.
Continue: Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 Trailer
The Billy Elliot actor has regaled us with some key moments from the set of Nymphomaniac - out this weekend on a strictly limited basis in the U.K
If Jamie Bell’s account is anything to go by, working with Lars Von Trier is a truly unforgettable experience. The young British actor has recounted the Danish director’s strange directing techniques with The Guardian in an interview, and they involve meeting him, totally naked (Von Trier, not Bell) and smacking Charlotte Gainsbourg with pleasantries skipped.
Jamie Bell, pictured far right, plays 'K' in Nymphomaniac.
"I'd just got to Copenhagen to begin shooting. Thomas was showing me around: 'We built this set here, this is where the production design room is.' Then we had to walk past this outdoor pool and there was Lars with a towel in his hand,” explained bell. “He dropped the towel, he shook my hand – he was stark bollock-naked – and he said, 'Do you want to come for a swim?' And I said, 'I'm all right man, I just got here, I've still got my suitcase, so I'll wait.'"
The reviews suggest Von Trier has nailed it with Nympho
This weekend sees the limited release of Lars Von Trier’s latest mindbender: Nymphomaniac. Fans of the enigmatic Danish director will relish the chance to see both volumes back to back with this one-day (Saturday Feb 22) release, but if you need convincing to see 4.5 hours of Lars then read on.
Gainsbourg gets up to some raunchy stuff in Nymphomaniac
The film, like many of Von Trier’s, sees Charlotte Gainsbourg take the lead role. She’s a troubled nymphomaniac who provides the film’s plot by recounting her life after Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds her beaten in an alley.
It’s split in to two parts – Volume I and II – and both parts are playing tomorrow in London as a double feature. The reviews, however, seem to focus on individual volumes, with the first achieving 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the second, 83%.
“A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors,” wrote Empire’s Kim Newman in his review.
“By the end of four hours the concept "picaresque" has been serially used and abused, much like the film's heroine. There's a vision here, even so, that shapes the film's prolix, promiscuous ends,” said Nigel Andrews in The Financial Times.
“For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory,” writes James Mottram for The List.
And here, at Contact Music, Rich Cline awarded Nymphomaniac (both volumes as one film) 4/5, writing: “For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory.”
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Lars Von Trier will take you out of your comfort zone with Nymphomaniac, and it’s something you should experience in its enterity. So what are you waiting for, pick up the phone and start dialing! Oh wait, that’s a different film.
'Nymphomaniac Volume 1' is certainly the best movie on release in the UK this weekend. Go see it.
We've been writing about Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac for a couple of years now, reporting on the explicit sex scenes, the madness, the whole circus. Through it all we've been bracing ourselves for a movie that we know is basically a massive practical joke on us, though now it's here, it seems Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 could be one of the cinematic highlights of 2014.
It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor (Stellan Skarsgard) who takes her home. As he sees to her wounds, Joe recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood, told in flashbacks.
Continue reading: With 96%, Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Could Be 2014's Best Movie
At four hours long, this drama is as confrontational as anything we've seen by Lars von Trier (Melancholia), but it's also perhaps his most humane and hopeful film yet. This is a challenging, complex exploration of human sexuality, but it's told with a surprisingly light touch, allowing humour and warmth to seep in around the edges. So even if it's darkly haunting and occasionally shocking, violent or sexually explicit, it's so recognisably honest that we can't help but be moved.
This is the story of Joe (played as a teen by Martin and as an adult by Gainsbourg), who is found near death in an alleyway and nursed back to health by the kindly Seligman (Skarsgard). While she recovers from her injuries, she tells him about her life, which has been defined by sex since she was 2 years old. She loses her virginity as a teen to the greasy biker Jerome (LaBeouf), who will re-enter her life two more times over the following decades. Through the years she struggles to understand love, which she sees as lust plus jealousy. Then when she suspects that love might be the secret ingredient for good sex, her subsequent experiences take her down an unexpected road.
Flashbacks to Joe's life are sequential, so as she narrates her story we experience it along with her. This includes her riotous teen years preying on men as a game, protesting with her friends against a love-fixated society. Getting sex is easy, but making sense of it is something else. She tries being randomly cruel to men, and having a master (Bell) physically abuse her. She experiences love and motherhood, and eventually finds a career as an enforcer for a loan shark (Dafoe). Along the way, Martin and Gainsbourg deliver unflinching performances that let us see Joe's soul. And Skarsgard takes our breath away in an unusually introspective, wrenching role.
Continue reading: Nymphomaniac Review
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