After months of uncertainty, Magnolia Pictures recently revealed that professional provocateur Lars von Trier’s sex epic Nymphomaniac would hit VOD then theaters in two separate parts next March and April. Part One will bow on-demand on March 6th, followed by Part Two on April 3rd. The films will also arrive in theaters on March 21st and April 18th, respectively. Seemingly to celebrate news of a US release, two decidedly disturbing new posters for Nymphomaniac have hit the web.
Each poster focuses on a different half of Nymphomaniac. The first, which features a menacing fish hook, appears to relate to Book 1: The Compleat Angler, which was previously explored with this teaser back in June. I hate to think of where that sharp-looking hook is going to show up, and knowing von Trier, you can bet it’ll be somewhere uncomfortable for both protagonist Joe (Stacy Martin/Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the general viewing public.
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I’m going to freak myself out if I theorize about that sinister image for too much longer, so let’s move on to the second poster, which also looks quite painful. We previously saw the same whip in the ‘appetizer’ for Book 6: The Eastern and the Western Church (The Silent Duck), which you can watch right now on Vimeo. You can be sure that Joe will end up on the receiving end at some point, based on the film’s focus on her unpleasant sexual odyssey. The heart shape is certainly in line with the pleasure/pain duality that von Trier is shooting for in his film.
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Von Trier is known for his sadistic approach to sexuality (see: Antichrist), so his fans are likely already steeling themselves for some pretty intense, envelope-pushing subject matter in Nymphomaniac.
The film follows one character, self-professed nymphomaniac Joe (Martin/Gainsbourg) throughout her life, from birth up until the age of 50, when she’s found badly beaten in an alley by the sympathetic Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard). Nymphomaniac also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe.
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