Daring director Lars von Trier’s upcoming risqué film The Nymphomaniac is self-explanatory. The story focuses on a nymphomaniac played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, an actress who has become a staple in von Trier’s recent films. She appeared in last year’s visually breathtaking Melancholia and 2009’s provocative horror tale Antichrist. In The Nymphomaniac, Gainsbourg’s character recounts her sexuality from a young girl to age 50.
Obviously, The Nymphomaniac will be saturated in sex, but not the simulated type. The sex in The Nymphomaniac will be the real deal. Not that that is a problem for von Trier (Antichrist contains unsimulated sex scenes, as well as his 1998 movie The Idiots) or Gainsbourg. But it may be for co-star Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Lawless), who will be in the buff, showcasing his bedroom skills as he shares the screen alongside Gainsbourg in The Nymphomaniac.
LaBeouf admits he is anxious about doing the movie which is kind of surprising since he did take the role. But he wanted in von Trier’s sexy film because, “[von Trier’s] dangerous. He scares me,” LaBeouf told the Hollywood Reporter.
There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. – Shia LaBeouf
Talk about a filmography transformation for LaBeouf. From the family friendly Transformers series that made his popularity soar, to the not-so-family-friendly near porno entitled The Nymphomaniac. LaBeouf says about the movie as a whole, “The movie is what you think it is. It is Lars von Trier, making a movie about what he’s making. For instance, there’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
When put that way, I actually think that’s super cool. But the word “illegal” makes me wonder hard. Will illegal sex acts be performed? Possibly involving minors? (Hopefully not!!!) Or animals?! Will von Trier dare go that far?
Real sex in films is not anything new. The racy trend emerged within mainstream movies in the 1970’s with Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. In 2003, there was The Brown Bunny with Vincent Gallo and Chloe Sevigny. But currently, Shia LaBeouf is the most well-known actor to actually do the deed on camera. So The Nymphomaniac is sorta a big deal.
So is Lars von Trier making porn? (Again?) Although actual sex acts are within the movie, I doubt when The Nymphomaniac (at least Von Trier’s version) hits DVD stands it will be on the shelves in adult film stores. I will say that until von Trier calls it straight pornography himself, then it is not.
I’ve yet to see a Lars von Trier film and out of curiousity for his directing style and The Nymphomaniac’s narrative (a woman sex addict is rarely explored in film and that is refreshing) I will definitely see it. I haven’t decided yet if I will be sitting in the last row of the theatre with shades and a hat on or wait for the DVD release.
The Nymphomaniac is currently filming and upon completion two versions will be shown. One mild, which will use blurring of naked parts and naughtiness, and the other wild, which will show everything uncut. It is expected to premiere at next year’s esteemed Cannes Film Festival.
The Nymphomaniac is scheduled for release in 2013.
Check out trailers of von Trier’s previous films “Antichrist” (*Graphic Images*) & “Melancholia”: