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Nymphomaniac gains strong cast

LarsvonTrier.jpgYou should have already heard about Lars von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac as it's gaining a lot of press just now but it's also gaining a lot of cast too, and an impressive cast for that.

For a two part film that's set to have two versions, one meeting the standard film ratings and one which will feature unedited sexual scenes, I'm rather surprised at the amount of names lining up for the films. I wonder how many of them will be willing to go all the way and how many will be employing doubles?

Nymphomaniac and Nymphomaniac Part 2 will tell the story of a man in his fifties who discovers a woman lying, badly beaten, in an alleyway. He takes her home and nurses her back to strength and as he does she recounts the story of her life, a life as a woman living with the condition of nymphomania.

Lars von Trier is a controversial director and the plan to make such an epic film is rather, well epic in itself, but also to make two versions in the editing room, one allowing it to be released in cinemas around the world and the other pushing the boundaries and showing real sexual acts on screen is something else.

You can tell that many will be up in arms about it, but in the end sex shouldn't be seen as something dirty, hidden and wrong should it? Mind you, it depends what von Trier will be depicting in his films. The opening of Antichrist (Filmstalker review) had an amazingly beautiful sex scene which featured everything in plain sight while later it descended into some rather sickening scenes which were there just to provoke. I do hope that Nymphomaniac takes its influence more from the first scene rather than the latter ones.

It looks like the cast are confident though considering that it is now set to star - Charlotte Gainsbourg as the leading lady, Stellan Skarsgård as her rescuer, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Willem Dafoe, Jesper Christensen, Jens Albinus, Udo Kier, Uma Thurman, Jean-Marc Barr, Saskia Reeves, Caroline Goodall, Kate Ashfield and Michael Pas.

There are some surprising names in there, in fact the whole cast list is looking really good and you have to wonder how many of them are going to be performing for real in the film and how much will involve body doubles. I guess that's going to be a big draw in itself, the whole idea of real life actors in a film with full sexual scenes on display but there are other questions too such as how the younger life of the character will be portrayed, something that could have those who know von Trier films a little concerned, and how the actual story will play out. We know it will have the potential to look beautiful on screen but what's the actual story going to be like?

Well cast indeed, it's going to be controversial but I suspect a huge box office earner for both releases. I wonder if the uncensored version will only see releases in independent cinemas where the authorities are more open, liberal, and less, well, MPAA controlled.



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