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Trailer Watch: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

The use of Rammstein in a trailer is most often a very bad sign, but somehow it works here in the first — and very NSFW — full-length trailer for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Previously, as Sarah Salovaara noted on this site, Von Trier and co. created a new form of trailer through the staggered release of clips. Today’s release is the more traditional — and to my mind, more effective — one. Abrupt changes in music and tone, a mixture of shooting formats and fantastic moments with Charlotte Gainsbourg create a vibe that’s not unlike a punk version of Breaking the Waves. “I’ve never met a bad human being,” Stellan Skarsgard says to Gainsbourg at one point. “Well, you have now,” is her withering reply.

The film is scheduled to be released in Denmark on Christmas Day, with a harder-core version to follow. Magnolia has the U.S. rights, but no release date has been set.

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