Mario Liong

Nymphomaniac: A Hypocritical Condemnation of Sexuality?


People limit themselves in their sexual behavior by religious, moral, medical and legal constraints which paradoxically lead some sexual beings obsess about this taboo sexual instinct. Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac showcases different "sexual deviance", such as teenage casual sex, threesome, pedophilia, sadism and masochism, filtered through the narration of Joe, a self-proclaimed sex addict. To illustrate this so-called deviance, Joe uses some of the objects she noticed in the apartment of Seligman, a man who offered her shelter after an assault. According to Joe's narration, Seligman, a well-read old man who claimed he was a virgin, comments on Joe's sexual story, showcasing his knowledge of philosophy, psychology, feminism, music, biology, religion and history. The film continues with this give and take between them until Joe reveals how she ended up lying on a street covered in blood. Then the director von Trier surprises the audience by turning the gentle, understanding old man into a rapist. The film ends with a black screen, the sound of a gunshot and quick steps out of the apartment.

Kissing Paris. Missing the Past.

A writer in Paris - a character with similar background played by Woody Allen in Everyone says I love you - is protagonist in this new and highly acclaimed work of Allen. Gil, his first name, faces something very miracle this time in Paris. He met several world-renowned artists, writers, and art collector there. Nothing surprising? How about if they are... Well, let's not include too many spoilers here. Anyway, they are from the past, from the golden epoch. It is only possible to appear in a really metropolitan city like Paris that treasures art and creative minds so much that talents from all over the world were / are attracted.