Nymphomaniac is a film written and directed by Lars von Trier that is seen as a bit risqué or a controversial piece that has been divided into two parts and recently came up on Netflix.
“Would it be alright if I showed the children the whoring bed?”
The film starts with a bit of heavy metal music from the German band Ramstein, setting a harsh and tumultuous tone for the film, and building my expectations for the experience—perhaps a bit too much. The story follows Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is found by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) in a bloody and bruised state. Joe regales the good Samaritan with tales of her youth, being a sex addict and coming into her own, while the two wax philosophical about life in between having tea. This sets the film up for both volumes, flashbacks leading from her childhood back up to the present, dividing the story into oddly titled chapters, which felt unnecessary and begins the stop-go pacing of the film.