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“Lars von Trier only has one protagonist, and Nymphomaniac is her story. The heroines of his “Golden Heart Trilogy,” (the informal triptych Breaking The WavesThe Idiots, and Dancer In The Dark) are punished for their virtues, while the women in the Gainsbourg era (AntichristMelancholia, and Nymphomaniac) punish themselves for their vices. But all of them—including Grace from the unfinished “U.S.A.” trilogy (Dogville and Manderlay) and the bumbling male leads of von Trier’s Danish-language films—are united by the same terrible loneliness. They’re isolated by internal idealism and external morality, but most fundamentally, they’re isolated by their bodies. The variable that makes each new von Trier film such an exciting addition to the corpus is how his protagonists try—and invariably fail—to conquer the crushing solitude of being human.”

Beyond the attention-grabbing graphic sex scenes, Lars von Trier’s latest film, Nymphomaniac, is a magnum opus that unites all his past themes about how people search for fulfillment, and how impossible it is to find it. David Ehrlich explains… [Read more…]

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