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Thoughts I Had... While Looking at the Nymphomaniac Teaser

A day or two ago I casually linked to the first poster for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac though this flippant "oh and..." way of dealing with it doesn't do its succinct brilliance justic. So, it gets a whole post.


  • Classic Lars pranksterism
  • Although... does Lars love or hate Charlotte Gainsbourg's punani? This is difficult to suss out. I mean he obviously hated it in Antichrist (rusty scissors anyone?) but despite this tagline "Forget About Love" this strikes me as a very affectionate nod to Charlotte's private parts
  • Best use of the parenthetical since Me and You and Everyone We Know

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  • Pedro Almodovar probably already has this poster framed... (The Shrinking Lover anyone?)
  • I don't see how this would work for a matching penis poster. No, I was not just trying to figure that out on my keyboard. Shut up.
  • There's been a lot of talk about "real sex" rather than simulated sex on the set of this movie but we heard that before with Lars von Trier's The Idiots and he actually used body doubles for that so who knows if the starry cast (Shia Labeouf, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurman, etcetera) are being spared the grunt work (get it, "grunt" work? no, never mind) 
  • Remember when Charlotte Gainsbourg was married to Heath Ledger in I'm Not There and how great she was in their scenes together? She's so undervalued as an actress but at least Lars gets her.
  • In real life Charlotte is married to Yvan Attal who once made a picture co-starring Charlotte in which they played "Yvan" and "Charlotte" called My Wife is an Actress. The plot involved him worrying about her being unfaithful on set. I demand a sequel that takes place during the shoot of Nymphomaniac.


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Reader Comments (16)

Oh that's a pussy a lady's pussy.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I quite like the simplicity and provocation of the poster. As for the level movie punditry and hilarious wit in this post... that I don't like, I LOVE!!

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos


May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Looks like the Orb from Sleeper.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I love it. It says everything you need to know about the movie without actually revealing anything about plot. Makes me want to see the film and most posters don't.

(Nat--work with the exclamation point and asterisks.)

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry


May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I wonder what nicole kidman e-mailed lars after she saw this poster.

nathaniel, did you hear about gus van sant auditioning for directing "50 shades of gray"?
it made me remember about that rumor (?) that sofia coppola was approached to direct some twilight sequel. very weird.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Geez, I haven't heard the word "punani" in ages.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

shit, my cock went wrong, trying again


May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

cal roth Not words anyone really wants to hear. *!*

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

3==D- - -

Ah, middle school. Love this poster though. It's way more fun than what I have come to expect from Von Trier.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

If any poster comes out in the next seven months that is wittier and/or more striking than this one, I will be shocked. It's really a perfect teaser poster. I highly doubt that the film itself is anything like this poster (Lars has proven that he has many talents as a filmmaker recently, but wit has not really been one of them), but DAMN if it doesn't stop you in your tracks from across a crowded movie theater.

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Two best teaser posters of all time are from my childhood in the 70s: "Heaven Can Wait," with only Warren Beatty in his jogging suit and wings, and "The Omen," with just the boy, shadow in the shape of a cross, and the words--"our final warning."

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

8====D ~

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.


this might do for the next poster ;)

May 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Nat, speaking of Charlotte and Yvan, did you realize that they're both in the French remake of Humpday? It's entitled "Do Not Disturb" (really!); it came out in France in October; I don't know if it's getting a US release but it's coming to Montréal in mid-June. Yvan plays the Marc Duplass role; François Cluzet (the paraplegic in Intouchables) plays the Joshua Leonard role, and Charlotte plays half of the lesbian couple.

May 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

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