There was a lot of buzz surrounding Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ before it first released, but what else would you expect from a film that was promoted using phrases like “unsimulated sex scenes”, “Digital body doubles” and, well, the title itself. When the trailer of the movie had originally premiered, it went viral for its portrayal of close up sex scenes that no one had ever seen before. And Shia LaBeouf‘s appearance in a film after a long hiatus further increased the hype.
Now there is a very fine line between porn and cinematic sex scenes, or is there? Movies like ‘Nymphomaniac’ cross that line a lot of times but somehow still manage to stay well within it, which makes them look like art and not mainstream porn. But if ‘Nymphomaniac’ has gone so far, how dirty is it? We can’t really give you a well-defined measure on a scale of 1 to 10 but we can tell you that it is quite dirty. Of course, if you compare it with most movies of today, then apart from the volume of sex scenes that it holds, the scenes are not incredibly dirty and stay within the confinements of what one would call art. And being the story of a sex addict, the number of sex scenes it portrays are normal.
There’s no denying that this 4-hour film can make other mainstream adult films like ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ and ‘American Pie’ look like Mary Poppins but then does it really go that far? Most of the buzz created around the movie was about the fact that some of the greatest stars like Uma Thruman, Jamie Bell, and Shia LaBeouf were involved in all the close up unsimulated sex scenes in the film. But this was later dismissed when eventually it was announced that porn doubles were being used for most of these scenes. So what does it come down to? There is no denying that Trier is indeed a very creative filmmaker, even though a lot of times, his experiments tend to go way beyond what is acceptable. But that’s what creativity is all about, right? Defying the common norm and creating something no one has ever seen before.
When it comes to bold, explicit, provocative cinema, a lot of us might really look forward to watching it for the “art” that it has to offer while others might just watch it out of curiosity (something like ‘Fifty Shades‘). There would also be some out there who would just want to experiment with something that is porn and not-so-porn at the same time. Whatever your reasons may be, we’ve decided to list down all the scenes of this incredibly provocative film just for you. These scenes have been ranked on the basis of their artistic quality and explicitness. Here’s the list of top steamy scenes from ‘Nymphomaniac’.
8. The First Time (Nymphomaniac Vol. 1)
A lot of people may think otherwise and that’s okay, but ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1‘ is a lot milder than you would expect it to be. The common belief about the film that goes around amongst the ones who have not seen it is that the movie just has constant sex scenes from start to end, which is not at all true. There is a copious amount of sex throughout but not enough to be called porn for a 148-minute film. Also, the lack of titillation suggests that this is no way even close to what we call porn.