It is the most sexually explicit film around (apart from pornography of course). One of the best things about the movie is you get to see penises! Heaps of them. Which is fabulous because they never usually show penises on telly. Instead of "Free the nipple" it should be "Free the willy."
I feel that this movie is important to watch if just for the discussion value. Sexuality and sex are complicated and often taboo. Some sexual experiences can be wonderful and gratifying while others can be weird, confusing and scary. The movie Nymphomaniac does show this contrast. But it's frustrating. Because it explores female sexuality from birth, I kept coming back to the question "How does he know?" How does Lars von Trier know anything about what it's like to discover your vagina and sexual feelings at a young age?
"Perhaps the only difference between me and other people was that I've always demanded more from the sunset; more spectacular colors when the sun hit the horizon. That's perhaps my only sin."
"The secret ingredient to sex is love."
"I can't feel anything. I can't feel anything. I can't feel anything."
The main character Joe is interesting and actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stacy Martin do a brilliant job portraying her. She hates herself and she tries to convince fly fishing enthusiast Seligman that she is a bad person. But he's hard to convince - just like the viewer. We're all bad aren't we? But not that bad. So what if she's addicted to sex? It's a natural part of life "If we have wings, why not fly?"
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 is controversial. It's bad and good. It makes you think and question. Watch it and see what your opinion is. It would also be interesting to see the entire movie rewritten and directed by a female. Maybe Sofia Coppola?