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In the new video posted to the official Nymphomaniac website Friday, Thurman, in dour dress, appears to be chastising the film’s titular character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe, played by Stacy Martin in the early chapters of the story and by Charlotte Gainsbourg in later bits, for sleeping with her husband.
“Shall we show the children the whoring bed?” Thurman’s character, known only as Mrs. H, asks the young Joe, before leading her three young sons to the bedroom where she states, deadpan “so this is where it all happened.”
The latest clip, the third in von Trier’s slow reveal of Nymphomaniac, suggests the film will be as dark as it is sexy. A previous clip, featuring Shia LaBeouf as a creepy, British-accented office manager who traps the young Joe in an elevator, also hit a distinctly sour note.
Over the coming months, von Trier has promised to give fans sneak peeks at each of the eight chapters of his epic, which will be released as two feature-length films: Nymphomaniac volumes I and II, in both hard-core and soft-core versions.
So far, he has also posted short clips of Chapter 1: The Compleat Angler [sic], in which a teenage Joe sets off to hook an unsuspecting boy into having sex with her in a train toilet and Chapter 2: Jerome, which introduces LaBeouf’s character. The current clip comes from Chapter 3: Mrs. H.
The remaining chapters are: Chapter 4: Delirium, Chapter 5: The Little Organ School, Chapter 6: The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent Duck), Chapter 7: The Mirror, Chapter 8: The Gun.
By doling out the clips in such a manner, von Trier and production company Zentropa hope to keep the buzz going around Nymphomaniac in the lead-up to the world premiere of the first film in Copenhagen this December.
Using the literary device of chapters to segment his movies is nothing new for von Trier, who used it for such features as Melancholia and Dogville. But the director appears to be taking things to a new level with Nymphomaniac and goes so far as to claim he is creating a new film genre he has christened “Digressionism.”
In an early interview with THR on Nymphomaniac, before his self-imposed ban on making public statements, von Trier cited literary inspirations such as Marcel Proust’s monumental, and heavily digressive, classic In Search of Lost Time as an example of the kind of literary style he was aiming to transfer to film.
Von Trier decided to stop making public statements after his controversial “joke” about understanding Hitler at the Cannes press conference for Melancholia in 2011 got him branded a persona non grata by the festival and sparked a police investigation, since dropped, into allegations of hate speech.
Check out the clip below.
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