Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Synopsis: A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager while Seligman tells about his hobbies, such as fly fishing, reading about Fibonacci numbers or listening to organ music.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lars von Trier
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  14 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min



You've had an accident.

You need an ambulance.

I'll call for one.

I'll be right back.

- Lie still here.

- No.


No what?

I don't need an ambulance.

I can clearly see you do.

I'll call for one.

In that case,

I'll be up and gone

before you have time

to come back.

That will hurt.

That's possible.

But it doesn't matter to me.

I assume you don't want me

to call the police either.

Yes, that's exactly right.

Is there anything you want?

I'd like a cup of tea

with some milk.


You have to come with me.

I don't serve tea in the street.

Can you walk?


I've even bought a cake.

Here's a pajama.

Thank you.

I've made up the bed for you.

With clean sheets.

- Sorry.

- That's okay.


- I'll wash your clothes.

- Not my coat.

It smells rather badly.

It's my coat.

The smell won't come off anyway.

It's your coat.

- Do you take sugar?

- No, thank you.

There you go.

Thank you.

So what happened?

Were you robbed?

It's my own fault.

I'm just a bad human being.

I've never met

a bad human being.

Well, you have now.

Do you want to talk about it?

You wouldn't understand.

Well, try me.

But I wouldn't know where to start.

Why is that ridiculous

fishhook hanging there?

That's a fly.

I caught a fish with it once,

a rather big one.

Strangely enough.

Fly fishing

is about tying feathers

and other things to a hook

so it resembles something

the fish likes to eat.

And then because

the fly is very light,

you have to have a line

that is heavy.

It creates the velocity

when you cast.

- You fish a lot?

- Well, some.

But I don't catch much.

The locals catch a lot more.

When I was young, I...

I had a book I...

I worshipped.

It was an old book

by Izaak Walton

called "The Complete Angler."

It was like a romantic

nature bible to me.

Maybe I know where to start.

But if you're to understand, I'll...

I'll have to tell you

the whole story.

And it'll be long.

Long is good.

And moral, I'm afraid.

To begin with the bait,

I discovered my c*nt

as a two-year-old.

"C*nt" is a very strong word.

Let's call it

"Pandora's Box" then.

Um... No, no, no.

"C*nt" is better.

So, I was a nymphomaniac.

Wait a moment, no.

Nobody can be a nymphomaniac

when they're only two years old.

I don't think even the strictest God

would see anything else

than a child's normal behavior.

What about fetuses?

It's common knowledge

that fetuses often touch

their genital organs.

Can a fetus somehow be sinful?

Why not?

Not according to any religion I know,

unless it's an original sin.


Or perhaps according to a religion

that doesn't exist yet.

According to a god that hasn't

yet manifested himself.

But then you can imagine anything.

At an early age,

I was mechanically inclined.

Kinetic energy, for example,

has always fascinated me.

And my friend,

let's call her "B,"

always came up with the ideas.

Playing frogs was one

of B's classics.

Joe, are you all right?

Just a moment.

Are you done?

For Christ's sakes,

leave them alone.

I loved my father very much.

He was a doctor.

My mother's name was Katherine.

My father called her Kay.

I suppose she was what

you'd call "a cold b*tch."

She always had her back turned

when she played solitaire.

I hated solitaire.

When we had P.E.,

I'd climb up into the ropes

and hang there for ages

with the rope between my legs.

"The Sensation" we called it.

I remember very distinctly

this word, "sensation."

Perhaps the only difference

between me and other people

was that I've always demanded

more from the sunset.

More spectacular colors

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Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades. His work is known for its genre and technical innovation; confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues; and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.Among his more than 100 awards and 200 nominations at film festivals worldwide, von Trier has received: the Palme d'Or (for Dancer in the Dark), the Grand Prix (for Breaking the Waves), the Prix du Jury (for Europa), and the Technical Grand Prize (for The Element of Crime and Europa) at the Cannes Film Festival. In March 2017, he began filming The House That Jack Built, an English-language serial killer thriller.Von Trier is the founder and shareholder of the international film production company Zentropa Films, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and garnered seven Academy Award nominations over the past 25 years. more…

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