Film review: Nymphomaniac, Vol 1

Vastly overhyped because of its supposedly controversial sex scenes starring famous actors and actresses, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1 delivers a story whose shock value is actually rather toned-down compared with the director’s previous work. It is, however, the best film he has made since Manderlay in 2005.

Von Trier’s opus has been cut from a rough cut of 330 minutes to around 240 minutes, neatly spread out over two films. As such, neither film is likely to make much sense without the other.

As with some of his previous filmic outings, most notably Dogville and Manderlay, Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1 is structured like a novel, with five onscreen chapter heads clearly dividing the film into separate sections.

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