"I'd like a cup of tea", Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Joe tells Stellan Skarsgård’s good Samaritan cum psychoanalyst, Seligman, after he finds her beaten in an alley and takes her home in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I.
You might need something stronger than a cuppa as cinema's enfant terrible and chief tormentor Lars von Trier weaves an epic and explicit two-part tale with an all-star cast depicting Joe’s sex life, or more accurately her ‘life in sex’.
The first film sees Joe recounting her sexual adventures from her childhood to her teens to her early twenties in an almost-therapy session that entwines her self-described “dirty stories” with the pair’s matter-of-fact musings on everything from fishing and Fibonacci numbers to forks, foreskin and fucking, in a film that transcends erotica to be a study of life, love, desire and death that also includes a film-stealing tour de force appearance from Uma Thurman. This version is the Director's Cut.