We've been trying to make sense of the monthly appetizers released from Lars von Trier's upcoming Nymphomaniac. But the latest one is a real head scratcher. A segment from "Chapter 7: The Mirror," this clip has the film's star Charlotte Gainsbourg cutting phone lines, taking down personal effects, covering mirrors and windows, and putting padding on just about any sharp corner in her apartment. Then she lays--fully clothed--on a stripped down bed. What is going on here? Frankly, your guess is as good as ours.
Written and directed by von Trier, Nymphomaniac centers on a self-diagnosed sex addict name Joe (Gainsbourg), who unfolds her lifetime of torrid affairs, sexual misadventures, and various debaucheries to the Good Samaritan (Stellan Skarsgard) who takes her in off the street after a gruesome beating. How did this nympho come to this pitable state? Presumably that's what this massive hardcore sex drama will unfurl on its world debut in Denmark on Christmas Day.
Stateside, Nymphomaniac will be cut into two parts, and Magnolia Pictures will release each in theaters and on VOD, so you can choose just how uncomfortable you prefer to be while watching von Trier's sure to be disturbing drama. But in the meantime, let's take a closer look at all these carnal goings on with a barrage of new stills collected by The Playlist.
The first still is of Stacy Martin, who plays Young Joe in the first few chapters. This picture appears to be from Chapter 1: The Compleat Angler, where Young Joe and her buddy B (Sophie Kennedy Clark), traverse a train looking for hook-ups.
Chapter 2 is named for Shia LaBeouf's character Jerome, who can be seen in the following two stills at the office with Young Joe, and out for a meal, where based on the character posters that include the waiter (Udo Kier), I suspect haute cuisine isn't the only thing on the menu.
Uma Thurman's Mrs. H owns Chapter 3, where she plays the wife of the married man (Hugo Speer) Young Joe has bedded.
This shot of Young Joe as a--um--exploratory school girl could be from Chapter 5: The Little Organ School, where the clips finally began getting outright NSFW.
By Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Joe has grown into Gainsbourg's part, and she's involved in a BDSM relationship with K, played by Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell. You can get a glimpse at both sides of this relationship below.
From here things are more mysterious. We have a shot of what appears to be beaten Joe, presumably sharing her story with her rescuer. Then a picture of Willem Dafoe, but all we know of his role is that he is called L. Then a picture of some unusual women's group, and to top it off a new movie poster that leaves little to the imagination.
Nymphomaniac: Part 1 will hit VOD on March 6th, and theaters on March 21st. Nymphomaniac: Part 2 comes to VOD on April 3rd, and theaters on April 18th.