Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Will Run 5 Hours and May Also Include a TV Show

Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Will Run 5 Hours and May Also Include a TV Show

Sep 12, 2013


The more we hear and see about Lars von Trier's epic two-part film about a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50, Nymphomaniac, the more we're dying to see a completed version of the film. Norwegian website Montages (via The Playlist) had some scoop on the stimulating story, featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård and Shia LaBeouf. Von Trier's film will run a total of five hours long, with each part clocking in around two-and-a-half hours.

Perhaps more interesting is word that there are plans to supplement the movie with a TV series. Von Trier is no stranger to television, as fans of his supernatural miniseries The Kingdom, set inside a hospital, know. We're just curious how far he's planning on taking the small-screen version since the film includes unsimulated sex. The website also discusses the film's overall style and various techniques. The opening credits were compared to the work of Woody Allen (weird), while Andrei Tarkovsky inspired the finale of the eight-chapter movie. (Von Trier dedicated Antichrist to the Russian director.)

And if all that weren't enough, we also learn that the film will contain a healthy dose of comedy in the vein of von Trier's earlier films The Idiots and The Boss of It All — which means we can expect a deeply cynical vibe. Montages indicate the movie progresses toward something "darker and more tragic." We're still waiting for a North American release date, but Denmark debuts Nymphomaniac on December 25. Five hours of "whoring beds," pervy train rides, and sleazy elevator adventures will be ours soon.



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