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Charlotte Gainsbourg to Star in Lars von Trier's 'The Nymphomaniac'

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December 12, 2011
Source: Variety

Charlotte Gainsbourg

At first everyone got excited thinking it was going to be the other star of Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst, who was going to star in this tantalizingly-titled film. But now according to Variety, Charlotte Gainsbourg is "in talks" to star in Lars von Trier's new film, The Nymphomaniac, an "explicit exploration of a woman's erotic life." If you thought her "explicit exploration" in Antichrist was enough already (that was her, too), then just wait until you hear what he's cooking up with this. The actor and filmmaker worked together on Antichrist and Melancholia, and will continue that partnership, with shooting slated for next summer/fall.

When Gainsbourg starred in Antichrist for Lars von Trier, she won numerous awards including Best Actress at Cannes that year, though considering he's now persona non grata that won't be happening again. Repped by TrustNordisk and produced by Zentropa, The Nymphomaniac already has enough pre-sales in countries like the UK, Poland, Russia and most of Europe, that it'll get made without much of a hassle, and von Trier can continue making the kind of films he wants with the actresses he likes. Though this one is a bit different.

Nymphomaniac is an ambitious project for von Trier as he has said it will "show the sexual evolution of a woman from birth to age 50." The film will be divided into eight chapters and be released in two different versions - a softcore cut for mainstream distribution, and a hardcore one. "As a cultural radical I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration. I know it’s something very European," von Trier told EW. "It principally is a film with a lot of sex in it and also a lot of philosophy." And here we thought Shame was pushing it with an NC-17. Considering we know Gainsbourg isn't afraid to bare all in a sexual way, e.g. Antichrist, and actually act at the same time, she's a good fit here.

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  • Welcome the news and the casting and let me hope this trend of sexually more explicit movies will normalize things a bit. Less violence, more sex.
    • Anonymous
      Amen. "Less violence, more sex." Someday someone is going to be able to tell me why it's ok to show people being executed on TV, but you show one nipple and it's suddenly R-rated...
  • Voice of Reason
    Hot damn, Gainsbourg is beautiful and talented and seems to work really well with Trier. Cant wait—so long as she doesn't pit the little man in a boat against a pair of scissors again....
    • Victorward80
      Oh boy - that made me laugh til there tears in my eyes - thankyou!
  • happy camper
    love Gainsbourg, i cant wait!
  • I liked this movie more when it was called AntiChrist http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com
  • Marcus
    Wow now that's a shocker. jk
  • AntiVille
    Yaaaay. Penetration.
  • I must admit I wouldn't be excited for this if it wasn't von Trier. Gainsbourg was great in Melancholia and deserves some recognition for it!
  • WMDimes
    Fuck you Billington, I'm excited it's Gainsbourg.
  • Bigsonrec
    I love how they need to make a "softcore" version. I'm going out on a limb here, but would that version be for Americans? Makes me laugh when our movies get toned down because some idiots find it offensive when a movie called Nymphomaniac is made. What do ya think is going to happen? It's like telling the life of a mobster and only showing little bits of murders. Just release the hardcore version and be done. If you get offended by the sex, do what your parents would tell you to do and cover your eyes. We'll tell ya when the naughty parts are over.
  • Darzkand
    Not going to watch any movie made by that Anti-Semite!
    • Fnord
      Um you do know that was a joke right ?

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