No Holds Barred Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut Is Five Hours Long, Out In October

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamie Bell in Nymphomaniac Volume II

More often than not, when a studio releases a director’s cut of a film, it’s met with positive feedback from the audience. A chance to peek behind the curtain to see the filmmaker’s vision in its pure, untainted form. For Nymphomaniac, though — Lars Von Trier’s unflinching opus about the life of a sex addict — things might be a little, well, different.

Nevertheless, the renown Danish director is set to release his own five-and-a-half-hour-long director’s cut of the film — which was originally split into two volumes in every territory bar Denmark — alongside Nymphomaniac’s upcoming VOD release on October 2nd.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Von Trier is also planning to screen the uncut version “at special festival events across North America, as well as in several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and in Trier’s native Denmark.”

In essence, Nymphomaniac tells the tale of Joe — played by Charlotte Gainsbourg — a young, self-diagnosed sex addict who opens up about her promiscuous past to a man who saves her from a brutal beating. The controversial film also stars Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe in its ensemble cast.

The director’s cut of the movie will debut on October 2nd. For more on Von Trier’s erotic epic, be sure to check out the official synopsis below:

Nymphomaniac is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). “Part One” also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen and Udo Kier. ”Part Two” picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, and stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf.