Generally when a film comes out that’s about sex, I stay away from it. There are usually two ways these types of movies go. Either it’s a cheesy rom com directed towards women that doesn’t accurately depict what sex really is, or the movie tries to show the real side of sex but lacks in any real, mature content because they’re afraid of making a big time movie that will only be watched by a small demographic due to the graphic content. But neither of these things appear to be the case in Lars von Trier’s new film, Nymphomaniac. If you haven’t seen or heard anything about this movie then, boy, you are in for a treat.
The movie focuses on a woman who tells the sexual and erotic story of her life. The cast in this film is also fantastic. It includes some big names like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf, and Stellan Skarsgard. I’m particularly excited to see Shia LaBeouf getting into roles that aren’t lousy action movies. And, of course, having the movie directed by Lars von Trier is a great start. He certainly has a particular style about his films. So if nothing else, this one should at least be quite interesting. But enough talk…let’s take a look at the trailer. Because it is absolutely insane and one of the better trailers I’ve seen in a long time.
This trailer is a roller coaster of emotion! Starting out with that super heavy chugging guitar sound and lighting the car on fire is just so absurdly awesome. But then it quickly changes tone and gets incredibly sexual. The change in music to a classical style also greatly depicts how the main character must be going from one emotion to the next constantly. But once this thing hits the 1 minute mark, it starts to get real good. All of the sudden, mature content everywhere. This is certainly not a film for the young and innocent. I imagine when watching this I will be laughing one minute, aroused the next, and crying by the time it’s over.
I’m incredibly interested in the reaction that this film will receive. The trailer looks beautiful but with how touchy people can be about sexual subjects, I can see this becoming a very controversial movie. Whatever the outcome, we’ll have to wait to find out in the US until March 21, 2014.