Misanthrope's guide to society
- Nymphomaniac: Vol.2 review by AS
I'm not fan of all of von Triers work, but some of his early stuff (in
particular the television series Riget (The Kingdom)) and the recent
Depression trilogy (Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac) are
excellent with Nymphomaniac having a chance of becoming one of my
favourite movies, once things settle a little.
There are three aspects to understanding of this film: 1. Von Trier is
mentally ill. 2. He is a brilliant film maker, "technical perfection
as something natural" (Pogorelich) comes to mind. 3. He is a complete
misanthrope, he has zero belief in humanity or any possibility of
redemption, world would be a better place if solar system was replaced
by a cosmic void.
If you have at least some resonance with 3. above, the film makes a
gripping viewing. It is not easy, it's like being in a pub brawl,
where the you've just received two jabs, you feel groggy, your head is
ringing and you see a third one coming, straight for the nose, and
you don't do anything to prevent it. Everything is shown, all the
little unpleasantness that you really didn't want to see are there
with clinical precision. The scene with Umma Thurman, the father's
death and the final scene (of Vol 2) are masterpieces in themselves.
It's long and you should watch it in two instalments. I've lost my
nigt sleep after each of them.
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