L ( ) A D I N G

– Chapter 8 –

The Gun

Sometimes things hide, because we're familiar
with them. But if you change your point of view,
they can suddenly take on a whole new meaning.

Joe enters a shady business, and she quickly
finds out that her life has taught her some
valuable skills.

– Chapter 7 –

The Mirror

The image you see in a mirror will at
first glance seem like an exact replica
of the object you're looking at. However,
this is in fact false, as the object will
always be a mirrored, and thus flawed,
version of the original object.

Joe tries to rid herself of her sexuality.

– Chapter 6 –

The Eastern and the Western Church
(The Silent Duck)

The Eastern Church is often referred to as the
Church of Joy, and the Western Church as the
Church of Suffering.

Should you make a mental journey from Rome
eastwards, you'll find that you move away from
guilt and pain, and towards light and joy.

However, what Joe comes to learn is that pain
and pleasure can be closer than you'd think.

– Chapter 5 –

The Little Organ School

A chorale prelude by Bach:
Three voices each with its own character,
but in complete harmony. In other words:

The nymphomaniac is easily inspired,
and acts it out.

– Chapter 4 –


Confusion. Delusion. Hallucination.

The nymphomaniac's father dies.

– Chapter 3 –

Mrs. H

Keeping track of a large network of lovers isn’t always easy, and Joe is soon confronted with the unpleasant consequences of being a nymphomaniac.

After all, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

– Chapter 2 –


"Love is just lust with jealousy added"

Though love is a shallow feeling in the eyes of the cynical nymphomaniac, young Joe is met by forces penetrating her armoured defences.

His name is Jerôme.

– Chapter 1 –

The Compleat Angler

How does an ordinary bag of chocolate sweets become a symbol of sexual victory?

As Joe and her experienced friend B embark on a train trip, they bet on how many men they can seduce on the ride.

The grand prize is a delicious bag of chocolate sweets, and it soon becomes clear to Joe that in order to win, she needs to lure the prey into biting the hook like a skilled fisherman.


Zentropa was founded in 1992 as a result of the co-operation between director Lars von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen on the feature film "Europa" ("Zentropa"). They share an equal owner- ship of 25% of the company. Yet another 25 % is owned by employees and others closely associated with the company. The last 50 % was bought by Nordisk Film as of February 2008.

The Company differs from the major competitors in the market by having established a decentralised autonomous organisation structure which creates space for new ideas and alternative methods of productions. This company culture has drawn some of the best directors to Zentropa and shaped groundbreaking projects such as the ‘Dogma concept’ – an idea adopted by several directors all over the world.

Zentropa has produced more than 100 international and Scandinavian quality features, co-produc- tions, and low budget films. Zentropa is now the largest film production company in Scandinavia. A position it has maintained since 1994.

During the years Zentropa has expanded beyond the limits of Scandinavian territory, successfully establishing several production units in Europe. Moreover the company co-works with many other European production companies and is always interested in new collaborations.

The increasing activities of Zentropa also include music videos, documentaries, television entertainment, and development of multimedia projects. Facilities for post production, sound design, in house rental of production equipment and international sales make Zentropa self pro-viding in every aspect of filmmaking.

Films produced by Zentropa enjoy critical acclaim worldwide and have been rewarded with the most prestigious prizes the festival circuit has to offer, among these The Golden Palms, The Silver Bear and most recently an Oscar.

Charlotte Gainsbourg
Stellan Skarsgåd
Stacy Martin
Shia LaBeouf
Christian Slater
Jamie Bell
Uma Thurman
Willem Dafoe
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Connie Nielsen
Michaël Pas
Jean-Marc Barr
Udo Kier

Lars Von Trier
Louise Vesth
Manuel Alberto Claro
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joe

Melancholia (2011)
Directed by Lars von Trier

The Tree (2010)
Directed by Julie Bertuccelli

Antichrist (2009)
Directed by Lars von Trier

I'm Not There. (2007)
Directed by Todd Haynes

Nuovomondo (Golden Door, 2006)
Directed by Emanuele Crialese

La science des rêves (The Science of Sleep, 2006)
Directed by Michel Gondry

21 grams (2003)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Ma femme est une actrice (My Wife Is an Actress, 2001)
Directed by Yvan Attal

Jane Eyre (1996)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

L'Effrontée (1985)
Directed by Claude Miller
Stellan Skarsgård, Seligman

The Physician (2013)
Directed by Philipp Stölzl

The Railway Man (2013)
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Directed by Alan Taylor

The Avengers (2012)
Directed by Joss Whedon

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Directed by David Fincher

Thor (2011)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh & Joss Whedon

En ganske snill mann (A somewhat Gentle Man, 2010)
Directed by Hans Petter Moland

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Goya's Ghost (2006)
Directed by Milos Forman

Taking Sides (2001)
Directed by István Szabó

Ronin (1998)
Directed by John Frankenheimer

Good Will Hunting (1997)
Directed by Gus Van Sant

Breaking the Waves (1996)
Directed by Lars von Trier
Stacy Martin, Young Joe

Barking at Trees (2013)
Directed by Heidi Greensmith
Shia LaBeouf, Jerôme

Fury (2014)
Directed by David Ayer

Charlie Countryman (2013)
Directed by Fredrik Bond

The Company You Keep (2013)
Directed by Robert Redford

Lawless (2012)
Directed by John Hillcoat

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers (2007)
Directed by Michael Bay

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Directed by Oliver Stone

New York, I Love You (2009)
Directed by various directors

Eagle Eye (2008)
Directed by D. J. Caruso

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Disturbia (2007)
Directed by D. J. Caruso
Christian Slater, Joe's Father

Bullet to the Head (2012)
Directed by Walter Hill

Breaking In (TV series, 2011)
Directed by Adam F. Goldberg & Seth Gordon

Slipstream (2007)
Anthony Hopkins

The Good Shepherd (2004)
Directed by Lewin Webb

Broken Arrow (1996)
Directed by John Woo

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Directed by Neil Jordan

True Romance (1993)
Directed by Tony Scott

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Directed by Kevin Reynolds

Heathers (1988)
Directed by Michael Lehmann

The Name of the Rose (1986)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jamie Bell, K

Filth (2013)
Directed by Jon S. Baird

Snowpiercer (2013)
Directed by Joon-Ho Bong

Man on a Ledge (2012)
Directed by Asger Leth

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Jane Eyre (2011)
Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Defiance (2008)
Directed by Edward Zwick

Flags of our Father (2006)
Directed by Clint Eastwood

King Kong (2005)
Directed by Peter Jackson

Dear Wendy (2004)
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Billy Elliot (2000)
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Uma Thurman, Mrs. H

Ceremony (2010)
Directed by Max Winkler

The Producers (2005)
Directed by Susan Stroman

Prime (2005)
Directed by Ben Younger

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Directed by Woody Allen

Batman & Robin (1997)
Directed by Joel Schumacher

Gattaca (1997)
Directed by Andrew Niccol

Beautiful Girls (1996)
Directed by Ted Demme

Pulp Fiction (1994)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Directed by Gus Van Sant

Henry & June (1990)
Directed by Philip Kaufman

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Directed by Stephen Frears

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Willem Dafoe, L

The Hunter (2011)
Directed by Daniel Nettheim

Antichrist (2009)
Directed by Lars von Trier

The Life Aquatic (2004)
Directed by Wes Andersen

Finding Nemo (2003)
Directed by Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich

Spider-Man (2002)
Directed by Sam Raimi

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Directed by E. Elias Merhige

The English Patient (1996)
Directed by Anthony Minghella

Light Sleeper (1992)
Directed by Paul Schrader

Wild at Heart (1990)
Directed by David Lynch

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Directed by Oliver Stone

Mississippi Burning (1988)
Directed by Alan Parker

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Platoon (1986)
Directed by Oliver Stone
Sophie Kennedy Clark, B

Eliza Graves (2014)
Directed by Brad Anderson

Nuclear Toads (short)
Directed by Charlie Fink

Philomena (2013)
Directed by Stephen Frears

Nymphomaniac (2013)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Dark Shadows (2012)
Directed by Tim Burton

Ketchup (short)
Directed by Daniel Barlev

Black Mirror: National Anthem (2011, TV)
Directed by Otto Bathurst

A Single Father (TV)
Directed by Sam Miller

I want to be Adored (TV)
Directed by Antony Petrou & George Kaye
Connie Nielsen, Joe's Mother

It's All Relative (2014)
Directed by J.C. Khoury

Three Days to Kill (2014)
Directed by McG

Return to Zero (2013)
Directed by Sean Hanish

Lost in Africa (2010)
Directed by Vibeke Muasya

A Shine of Rainbows (2009)
Directed by Vic Sarin

The Situation (2006)
Directed by Philip Haas

The Ice Harvest (2005)
Directed by Harold Ramis

Brothers (2004)
Directed by Susanne Bier

The Hunted (2003)
Directed by William Friedkin

One Hour Photo (2002)
Directed by Mark Romanek

Gladiator (2000)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Michaël Pas, Old Jerôme

Code 37, The Movie (2011)
Directed by Jakob Verbruggen

SM Rechter (2008)
Directed by Erik Lamens

Team Spirit (2003)
Directed by Jan Verheyen

Le Mur (1997)
Directed Alain Berliner

Antonia's Line (1994)
Directed by Marleen Gorris

Anchoress (1992)
Directed by Chris Newby

Toutes peines confondues (1991)
Directed by Michel Deville

Daens (1991)
Directed by Stijn Coninx

Blueberry Hill (1988)
Directed by Robbe De Hert

Crazy Love (1985)
Directed by Dominique Deruddere
Jean-Marc Barr, Debtor

Big Sur (2013)
Directed by Michael Polish

And They Call It Summer (2012)
Directed by Paolo Franchi

Les yeux de sa mère (2011)
Directed by Thierry Klifa

City of Shadows (2010)
Directed by Kim Nguyen

Making Plans for Lena (2009)
Directed by Christophe Honoré

Direktøren for det hele (The Boss of It All, 2006)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Cöte d'Azur (2005)
Directed by Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau

Tara Road (2005)
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Breaking the Waves (1996)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Europa (1991)
Directed by Lars von Trier

The big Blue (1988)
Directed by Luc Besson
Udo Kier, The Waiter

Melancholia (2011)
Directed by Lars von Trier

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Directed by Werner Herzog

Invincible (2001)
Directed by Werner Herzog

The End of Violence (1997)
Directed by Wim Wenders

Riget (The Kingdom, 1994)
Riget II (The Kingdom II, 1997)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (A Trick of the Light, 1995)
Directed by Wim Wenders

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
Directed by Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Directed by Gus Van Sant

Europa (1991)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Medea (1998)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Bood for Dracula (1974)
Directed by Paul Morrissey

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Lars von Trier, Director and Scriptwriter

Melancholia (2011)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection)

Antichrist (2009)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection)

Direktøren for det hele (The Boss of It All, 2006)
Golden Shell nomination - San Sebastián International Film Festival

Manderlay (2005)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection),
Toronto International Film Festival (official selection)

De fem benspænd (The Five Obstructions, 2003)
Toronto International Film Festival (official selection),
Sundance Film Festival (official selection)

Dogville (2003)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection),
Toronto International Film Festival (official selection)

Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Palme d'Or - Cannes Film Festival

Idioterne (The Idiots, 1998)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection)

Riget II (The Kingdom II, TV, 1997)
Venice Film Festival (official selection)

Breaking the Waves (1996)
Grand Prix - Cannes Film Festival,
Toronto International Film Festival (official selection)

Riget I (The Kingdom, TV, 1994)
Best Director - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Europa (1991)
Jury Prize - Cannes Film Festival

Medea (TV, 1988)

Epidemic (1987)
Cannes Film Festival (official selection)

Forbrydelsens Element (Element of Crime, 1984)
Grand Prix - Cannes Film Festival

Befrielsesbilleder (Pictures of Liberation Images of Relief, 1982)
Berlin International Film Festival (official selection)
Louise Vesth, Producer

Kvinden i Buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes, 2013)
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard

The Secret Society of Fine Arts (2012)
Directed by Anders Rønnow Klarlund

En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair, 2012)
Directed by Nikolaj Arcal

Melancholia (2011)
Directed by Lars von Trier

ID:A (2011)
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen

Klovn The Movie (Klown, 2010)
Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard

Sandheden Om Mænd (The Truth About Men, 2010)
Directed by Nikolaj Arcal

Zoomerne (Zoomers, 2009)
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen

Dig og Mig (Crying for Love, 2008)
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen

Om Natten (At Night, 2007)
Directed by Christian E. Christiansen
Manuel Alberto Claro, Director of Photography

Spies & Glistrup (Sex, Drugs & Taxation, 2013)
Directed by Christoffer Boe

Melancholia (2012)
Directed by Lars von Trier

Frit Fald (Rebounce, 2011)
Directed by Heidi Maria Faisst

Limbo (2010)
Directed by Maria Sødahl

Alting bliver godt igen (2010)
Directed by Christoffer Boe

Videocracy (Videocracia, 2009)
Directed by Erik Gandini

Kandidaten (The Candidate, 2008)
Directed by Kasper Barfoed

Weapons (2007)
Directed by adam Bhala Lough

Voksne mennesker (Dark Horse, 2005)
Directed by Dagur Kari

Reconstruction (2003)
Directed by Christoffer Boe


NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life.

He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.


Genre: Digressionism
Duration: Vol. I: 118 min. - Vol. II: 124 min.
Origination: Digital Camera Arri Alexa
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Format: DCP
Language: English
Year: 2013

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