Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

Synopsis: Joe continues to tell to Seligman the story of her life. Joe lives with Jerôme and their son Marcel and out of the blue, she loses sexual sensation in intercourse. Joe seeks kinky sex, perversions and sadomasochism expecting to retrieve her sex drive. Jerôme leaves home with Marcel and gives his son to a foster house for adoption. Then Joe is sent to therapy by her gynecologist but she does not admit that she is addicted to sex. Meanwhile Seligman tells Joe that he is virgin and helps her to understand her actions. Joe believes that Seligman is her friend, but is he?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lars von Trier
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  14 wins & 26 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min


Can I help you?

I have to go back a bit.

I was 12 years old

and on a school trip in the hills.

Are you making fun of me?

What do you mean?

You have this orgasm,

not only an orgasm,

- ...but a spontaneous orgasm.

- Yes, it was an orgasm,

though the doctor

described it as a...

An epileptic seizure.

And during that orgasm,

you have this vision

of these two women

on each side of you?

Was she holding the veil

with two fingers like this?

What's the matter?

You don't even know who

these women were, do you?

No, but one of them did

look like the Virgin Mary,

now that you mention it.

Well, it wasn't the Virgin

Mary, I can tell you that.

From your description,

it must've been

Valeria Messalina,

the wife of Emperor Claudius,

the most notorious

nymphomaniac in history.

And the other woman,

the one astride the creature,

that was no one else but

the great whore of Babylon

riding on Nimrod in

the form of a bull.

Your story is like a...

Blasphemous retelling

of the transfiguration

of Jesus on the mount...

Which is one of the

eastern church's

holiest passages.

It's when the humanity of Christ

is illuminated by the

divine light of eternity.

If anyone else would

have told me that story,

I would've seen it as

a blasphemous joke,

spiced up with a biblical light

emanating from nothing less

than a spontaneous orgasm.

And then later, you lost

your orgasm altogether.


"Das Rheingold,

the descent into Nibelheim."

Was it that bad?

Try to imagine that

in one fell swoop,

you lost all desire to read

and all your love and passion

for books and letters.

I don't even know if

I can imagine that.

This is nothing less

than Zeno's paradox.

You are Achilles

and the tortoise is the orgasm.

Oh, come on.

Because you were giving chase,

you couldn't reach satisfaction.

That's the paradox.

I'm sorry, but it seems as if you're

not taking this very seriously.

I'm telling you about the worst

thing that's happened to me,

that I, at that point

within seconds,

lost all sexual sensation.

My c*nt simply went numb!

And immediately we have to hear

about this ridiculous

mathematical problem.

In fact, I'm in doubt whether

you're even listening.

Why do you doubt that?

Whenever I've told other

men about experiences,

episodes in my sex life,

it was easy to see that

they became quite excited.

I got excited.

Yes, about the mathematical crap,

not about the story.

What kind of a person

are you actually?


You wouldn't know.

No, but I can guess.

Why didn't I get that earlier?

The fact you don't get

excited over my dirty stories

is because you can't

relate to them.

You've never been with a woman.

That's quite accurate.

Not with a man either.

Are you sorry about that?

Well yeah, but...

Out of curiosity.

Not out of lust,

as you would think.

I consider myself...


Of course I...


with masturbation when

I was a teenager, but...

It didn't do much for me.

So there's nothing sexual about me.

It's not as uncommon

as you would think.

And of course I've...

I've read a lot about

sexual subjects:

"Canterbury tales," "Decameron,"

"thousand and one nights."

You name it

and I've read it with great

interest and enjoyment...

But only literary enjoyment.

But I... but I think

maybe it makes me

a better listener to your story.

I have no preconceived

notions or...

Or preferences.

I'm actually the best judge

you could give your story to.

And when it comes to

deciding whether you're

a bad human being or not, I'm...

I have no problems with that.

Because I don't look at

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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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