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WARNING: The following video includes full frontal nudity and very graphic images of sex.
Fuck subtlety. After a string of teasers and tawdry posters, Lars von Trier has released a trailer so graphic that it's shocking it hasn't been pulled by Youtube already. I mean, there's a close-up of female genitalia before the two-second mark. From there, there's arson, depravity, and lots and lots of nudity and sex.
Nymphomaniac centers on the sexual odyssey of self-professed sex addict Joe. Since her girlhood, Joe has been drawn to casual sex, and from the looks of the trailer above this desire for carnal pleasure has led her down some dark paths. Von Trier's recurring collaborator Charlotte Gainsbourg shares the role of Joe with Stacy Martin, who plays her as a young woman. Stellan Skarsgard appears as Seligman, a Good Samaritan who takes Joe in after finding her brutalized in the street . Shia LaBeouf takes on the role of Jerome, who is asked above if he'll be so kind as to free young Joe of her virginity. Uma Thurman plays wife and mother Mrs. H , who is crushed when Joe beds her husband (Hugo Speer). Also on board are Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, Mia Goth and Willem Dafoe. Each gets a close up in the orgasmic character posters the movie previously revealed. Several of them have been combined for the mash-up movie marketing seen below:
Von Trier's provocative new drama has been raising eyebrows and blood pressure for a while now. First announced in 2011. Nymphomaniac promised hardcore sex and a demented drama. (A promise on which the trailer appears to deliver.) Rumors of real sex being filmed surfaced in 2012, and were confirmed this past summer. Then came an array of stills, the release of eight chapter titles, and month after month a new surprisingly SFW clip for the first several chapters was unveiled. But with the appetizer for Chapter 5: The Little Organ School, von Trier abandoned the cheeky game of flirtation and gave us our first look at Nymphomaniac's lurid approach to sex. But this latest trailer takes it to a whole new level. Whether or not it's sexy is beside the point. Clearly, Nymphomaniac is intended to provoke and shock more than titillate.
While Magnolia Pictures has picked up the film's US distribution rights, they have yet to announce when the newly cut Nymphomaniac will hit theaters Stateside. But von Trier's latest will make its theatrical debut on Christmas Day in Denmark and Spain.