Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) story of her days as a nymphomaniac continues, and we learn that her experiences became increasingly desperate… Darker in tone than Vol. I, this one has a grisly abortion scene, some bloody BDSM action and silly adventures among gangsters. What started out as a mildly intriguing project turns very unpleasant, with pretensions that are hard to swallow. Lars von Trier ends it by simply spelling out how we should interpret Joe, much of it rehashed from other movies he’s made.
2013-Denmark-Germany-Belgium-France-Britain. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Lars von Trier. Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Joe), Stellan Skarsgård (Seligman), Stacy Martin (Young Joe), Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe… Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier, Christian Slater.
Trivia: Released simultaneously as Nymph()maniac: Vol. I. The full uncensored cut runs 180 min.