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Watch: First trailer for controversial film 'Nymphomaniac'

The next piece of clothing has just dropped to the floor in one of the slowest strip teases in cinematic pre-release marketing; the first trailer for ‘Nymphomaniac’ has been released.

Since first being announced in 2011, Nymphomaniac has courted controversy primarily because of its sexually explicit content and director Von Trier's decision to eschew the usual simulated scenes in order to be more authentic. 

Lars Von Trier is one of the most distinctive and most analysed filmmakers of this generation. Controversial, his unique vision challenges audiences and pushes cinematic boundaries. In a medium currently drenched with big budget films that aim to court the middle of the road, he asks his audience to leave their usual comfortable, tinsel-town expectations behind and enter a world where he confronts themes of violence and sex, treading a line which would trip into exploitation if not for his deft hand. His movies are awkward first date fare, but seek to challenge audiences. 

He is noted for a management style akin to the worst of Kevin Rudd, aggressive and unforgiving. He has been known to push his actors, particularly his female leads, into uncomfortable positions. He has had well publicised falling outs with former leading ladies Bjork and Nicole Kidman but has formed an enduring relationship with Charlotte Gainsbourg, who again takes the lead in this film.   

From the details released about the script, the story centres around a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, played by Gainsbourg, who recounts her life journey to the man who rescues her after a brutal beating.

This first trailer shows a younger and more innocent version of Gainsbourg character receiving advice on seduction. It's ominous not just for what is shown but because it seems to signal the start of a descent. 

The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, and Connie Nielsen. 

It will be released in December, which will see it competing for the cinema-goer dollar with the second instalments of Anchorman and The Hobbit. This film will not be simple popcorn fodder.





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  • Wondering's avatar
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    Wondering
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    Tuesday 02 Jul 2013 - 3:08 PM
    Nymphomania is such a sad sad disease. I feel sorry for anyone who has it and hope they get treatment ASAP!
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    Tuesday 02 Jul 2013 - 5:10 PM
    Porn.
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    dan v-p
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    Wednesday 03 Jul 2013 - 6:41 AM
    Yes, porn , and unrealistic. Middle -aged male fantasy. (I know , i'm a middle-aged male .)
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    Friday 05 Jul 2013 - 7:53 AM
    "...single the start of a dissent."?

    I hope like hell that this is the result of composing on a tablet with predictive text. I don't want to consider the alternatives.
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    Stoneageromeo
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    Sunday 14 Jul 2013 - 1:31 PM
    "...eschew the usual stimulated scenes..."
    The t in stimulated almost works... Predictive text again?
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    carringtonclarke
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    Sunday 14 Jul 2013 - 4:20 PM
    @stoneageromeo You're right, stimulated almost works... Thanks for the heads up. Typo/freudian slip corrected.
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    Saturday 21 Sep 2013 - 2:18 PM
    Lars Von Trier has written and directed some of the greatest films ever seen in cinema. I think anyone commenting here should watch this and anyone of his film before they judge, or else you may just appear to be uncouth and culture-less. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001885/?ref_=sr_1
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