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A middle-aged bachelor (Stellan Skarsgård) finds a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in an alley covered with bruises. He takes her home and nurses her wounds. In return, she tells him her life story: her name is Joe and she is a nymphomaniac. Even as a child, Joe was aware that she was different and that she possessed an inordinate craving for sex uncomplicated by love and jealousy. She gets a job at a printing company and there, meets Jerome (Shia LaBeouf), who also happens to be her boss. One day without warning, Jerome disappears but not before raising her awareness to the fact that sex is good, but love is the missing ingredient. Her journey to find this missing ingredient will put her in some strange situations and also lays the foundation for the 2nd film.
Nymphomaniac is a 2 part European art film by director Lars Von Trier chronicling the odyssey of a woman who seeks connections to the outside world through sexual experimentation! This is part 1 of the 2 part 2013 film and contains sexually explicit situations that leaves nothing to the imagination. The all-star cast includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard (Insomnia), Willem Dafoe, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf as Jerome, and Stacy Martin as the teenaged Joe. Nymphomaniac volume 1 challenges the social conventions of sexuality through a woman who pursues her desires openly while eschewing any emotional intimacy with or responsibility for those affected, including men to whom she declares false feelings for nor the families that these men abandon to be with her.
A great film that's more than what it appears to be. This meetup and film are for those who are especially open-minded on exploring the farther reaches of avant garde cinema. One of the more challenging films emotionally as well as intellectually. Anyway, we'll start off with by watching a video commentary and go right into the discussion afterwards. Look forward to seeing you.