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 TrierLars 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.

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The Box office wildcard’s home viewing stats will be counted towards its overall total, but Magnolia aren’t divulging any financial information just yet, other than to say that “it's doing very well.” ‘Nymphomanic: Volume 2’ will be available on demand Thursday and open in theaters on April 4.

The film gained notoriety when it was revealed that a large degree of the films carnal moments would be genuine. CGI was used for a lot of the more graphic scenes, but rumours that Shia LaBeouf sent Von Trier a sex tape in the form of an audition certainly got people talking. 

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So, the top halves of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen etc saw Von Trier use digital mapping (we’re not sure why considering we’ve seen it all before – or have we?) and the bottom halves were either CGI or pornstars. 

"We shot the actors pretending to have sex," the producer, Louise Vesth told Indie Wire, "and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two. So above the waist it will be the star and below the waist it will be the doubles."

Watch the Nyphomaniac Vol. 1 trailer here