And you thought the first image was a downer.

Oh, no: Lars von Trier isn’t playing some silly games with the highly-anticipated Nymphomaniac, and he isn’t giving Charlotte Gainsbourg only one way to lie down in discomfort. (Sorry.) Our next look at the graphic sex drama is, surely, from later in the film, at some indeterminate, almost amorphous point in the protagonist’s life of passionless and hurtful sex recounted to a stranger (Stellan Skarsgård) who found her lying in the street. While that’s a good deed, it’ll force him to hear stories like the one which, as unsubtly hinted below, will be as upsetting as it is unpleasant in moving form.

Take a look for yourself (via Artificial Eye):


The film is a wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

Despite their silly, show-offy attitude toward his silly, show-offy behavior, Lars von Trier, The Nymphomaniac, and its fascinating cast — Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Stacy Martin, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, and Jean-Marc Barr — are sure to appear at Cannes.

Does this new image make you want to see the film more, or are you repulsed? Both?

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