"Made at a time when there were as yet no fixed rules for the slasher subgenre, here anything goes, and the survival of neither virgin nor even final girl comes guaranteed."
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"Aping the deliberate pace of Stéphane’s icon-making process, and sharing its themes, its setting and the name of one of its principal characters with Jacques Rivette’s The Story of Marie And Julien (2003), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s slow-burning ghost story Daguerrotype concerns present absences. The ‘e’ missing from the centre of its title foreshadows the dead subjects mummified in Stéphane’s daguerreotypes, the spectre of Denise, and the not-quite-all-there aloofness of Marie. It is a Creepy reflection on the power of images to conserve, fascinate and delude."
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"...down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. This climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights."
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review from Film4 (slightly altered)
Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.
"Fill all my holes, please."
It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…