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Nymphomaniac: Volume I2014

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)



Critic Consensus: Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.

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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). (c) Magnolia

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Shia LaBeouf
as Jerôme
Stacy Martin
as Young Joe
Christian Slater
as Joe's Father
Connie Nielsen
as Joe's Mother
Jean-Marc Barr
as Debtor gentleman
Udo Kier
as Waiter
Michaël Pas
as Old Jerôme
Ronja Rissmann
as Joe, 2 Years
Maja Arsovic
as Joe, 7 Years
Ananya Berg
as Joe, 10 Years
Sofie Kasten
as B, 7 Years
James Northcote
as Young lad 1 On Train
Charlie Hawkins
as Young Lad 2 On Train
Clayton Nemrow
as Married Man on Train
Simon Boer
as Man Uninterested
Jeff Burrell
as Man on Train 1
Andreas Grotzinger
as Man on Train 2
Thomas Sinclair Spencer
as Conductor on Train
Jesse Inman
as Man A Having Sex
Christoph Schechinger
as Man B Having Sex
David Halina
as Man C Having Sex
Jonas Baeck
as Man D Having Sex
Katharina Hubertus
as Joe's Girlfriend, 18 Years
Inga Behring
as Joe's Girlfriend, 18 Years
Lisa Matschke
as Joe's Girlfriend, 18 Years
Jesper Christensen
as Jerôme's Uncle
Frankie Dawson
as H's Boy 1
George Dawson
as H's Boy 2
Harry Dawson
as H's Boy 3
Markus Tomczyk
as Young Man in Hospital
Christoph Jöde
as Man in Window
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Critic Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume I

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (69)

As it turns out, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 is delicately told with both humor and sentimentality.

January 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Nymphomaniac has an amazingly eclectic cast of weirdos and movie stars acting weird, and their stamina goes a long way toward keeping things sweaty, grotesque, and funny for more than four NC-17-rated hours...

March 27, 2020 | Full Review…

This is Nordic-noir sex, enveloped in a film as complex as it is unforgettable.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The fun is paid for with interest in the movie's second half by the debasing sexual escapades endured by the more mature and less conventionally appealing Gainsbourg.

August 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Less a disciplined, focused motion picture than an all-you-can-eat buffet where the director overloads his plate, and encourages his audience to do the same.

June 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Nymphomaniac is convincing as a work of philosophical seriousness.

April 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume I


A complex and fascinating character study with an always absorbing structure that connects many episodes of the character's life in a fluid narrative, raising in the process brilliant intellectual discussions about the nature of her intriguing sexual obsession and desire.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Probably the best film of decade until now. Lars Von Trier's bold great film with dark humour, fantastic direction, screenplay, editon, soundtrack and several courageous actings make Nymphomanic: Volume 1, an unforgetable movie that is not for many. Different of a lot of people are thinking, this is not a porno is a true piece of art film. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


"Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" is not for everyone, in fact, I am shocked some of the material explored throughout this film even passed the MPAA during pre-production. This film sets up an interesting character, even though the off-putting Cinematography and editing style really take you out of the film. If you do not buy into her life as a sex-addict and how she became one, you may begin to grow a strong hatred toward this film and that is exactly what happened to me. I felt this film as more of an unintentional comedy, playing on the porn genre more than anything else, and I enjoyed some moments for that reason, but that was not the intention. Overall, this is a film made for excess and to make an audience "Awe" at the screen. I was not fooled into that and was just more disgusted at how a feature film was allowed to be made with this content in it. "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" sets up the sequel to conclude her story, and quite frankly, it is not even an interesting cliffhanger. Unless you like Lars Von Trier's style, you will not find much to enjoy about this film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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