This time I would like to write about another controversial movie, Lars von Trier’s 2013 dramatic and erotic movie, which is the third one of the so-called Depression-Trilogy: Nymphomaniac. This movie deals with the sexual history of a nymphomaniac woman and, just as Blue is the warmest colour, it deeply divides the critic in two parts. But this time I belong to the lover’s front!
As you can see from the image, the filmmaker insists a lot on bodily and sexual details too, so as Kechiche did in his movie: Lars von Trier wanted to have in the film-poster the expressions of the main actors while having a real orgasm. So, which is the difference between these two bothersome realisms? Why do I define the sex scenes in Kechiche’s movie almost pornographic? That isn’t real sex. The actresses wear genitals prosthesis. On the contrary, in Nymphomaniac, sex is much more real: the main characters have porno-actors as body-double.
On the other hand in Blue is the warmest colour the problem is the improbability of this magic lesbian sex: when I see those scenes, I have the feeling that the filmmaker sees the sex between two women as something really special and horny at the same time, exactly the way in which it is painted in porno movies. In Nymphomaniac there is almost every kind of sexual act but I cannot catch traces of sexism. Both men and women are showed in the same nakedness and that’s something rare, I guess: usually you see a totally naked woman but non an entirely naked man.
Kechiche’s love story shows some lesbian sex; Lars von Trier’s movie is a sexual love story which also includes human relationships, love, loneliness, illness, humanity. In Blue is the warmest colour (homo)sexuality is something that stops the development of our identity to a physical conception: I am, as far as I have sex. What we can see in Nymphomaniac, however, is that sexuality is, of course, a relevant part of our identity, but the link between emotions, thoughts and body is much deeper analysed!
I believe that our emotive identity determines our sexual one. But I will better discuss this position in the next posts. Regarding Nymphomaniac, I say that a prove of this is that sex could also be a pathology and sometimes the reasons of that are psychological traumas, like in Joe’s case, the main character of the movie. If that is true, sexuality is an effect and not a cause of our identity.
But of course, by interpreting our body and our pleasure we can discover something deep about ourselves. During an interview Charlotte Gainsbourg, the main actress of the movie, says that if we told ourselves through our sexual life, there would be no secret anymore, because what we do sexually, represents who we are. And that’s exactly what I mean: sexuality is a representation of something just as a symbol, not an identity itself. But
To be continued…
Nymphomaniac Voll. 1-2- Reg. Lars von Trier. Act. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia La Beouf, Stacy Martin. Good Films, 2013. Movie.