Movie review: Darker drama in even more lurid 'Nymphomaniac, Vol. II'

Published April 17, 2014 3:01 pm
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The sex gets nastier — and the drama darker — in "Nymphomaniac, Vol. II," the conclusion of Danish director Lars von Trier's four-hour wallow about one woman's pursuit of pleasure and self-loathing.

Our heroine, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), continues recounting her sexual exploits to the detached intellectual Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), and the action gets a lot rougher. Joe pursues random relations with African immigrants, a series of rendezvous with a dominant fetishist (Jamie Bell) with a riding crop, a fruitless session in group therapy, a job collecting debts in humiliating ways, and a lesbian affair with a young protégé (Mia Goth).

Again, Seligman diverts with dry comments, this time about religious icons and pistol maintenance, which serve mostly to allow von Trier some intellectual cover for his lurid depictions of very bad behavior.

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'Nymphomaniac, Vol. II'

Opens Friday, April 18, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably NC-17 for explicit sexuality, graphic nudity and sex-related violence; 123 minutes.

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