Like Killer of Sheep and Bombay Beach, but not nearly as good.
A masterclass in classical storytelling. Every image tells a story, every movement underscores a feeling. An odd-couple story set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The social commentary isn't laid on too thick (a rarity during the New Hollywood days) and the story flows linearly without feeling by-the-numbers. Film students are better off watching a movie like this than reading the likes of Field and McKee.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There are many things to love about Nymphomaniac (Vol 1 + 2). I have so many thoughts about the film, I'm just going to use bullet points.
- In addition to being a character study of Joe, it's also about the nature of storytelling. Like a novel, we get digressions from the story to make tangential points (whether it be about fly fishing, polyphony, Fibonacci sequence, etc.) via Godardian/Brechtian cuts that remove us from the story. Lars von Trier doesn't…