Film: Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II (2013)

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The problem with Nymphomaniac is the same problem I have with stage musicals; zero subtext.  Telling the tale of Joe, the film’s titular nymphomaniac, we move between story and storyteller with interjections by the on-screen listener that play like a visual director’s commentary.  At times, tedious barely covers it and that’s a shame because elsewhere in this film you will also find director Lars von Trier at his playful, artistic and provocative best (or worst depending how you feel about him) and there is something quite undeniably spectacular about the whole enterprise.