nymphomaniac 2
In the second half of Lars Von Trier’s sex odyssey, things taking a decidedly darker turn, as an adult Joe struggles to find the satisfaction that drove her forward in the first film. She seeks out increasingly brutal, bizarre and dangerous ways of getting off, and in doing so only manages to damage her image and soul all the more. There are some notable cameos, especially from Uma Thurman as a spurned wife and Jamie Bell as a particularly twisted gratifier, but the shift in tone does the material serious harm, and things ultimately spiral into tedious disarray. The film ends, rather disappointingly, on an incredibly misjudged coda that leaves the audience feeling rather cheated and dissatisfied, and threatens to cloud our memory of what a fun time we’d all had with Volume 1.

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