COPENHAGEN – Lars Von Triers returns to the big screen with his new film Nymphomaniac, a blisteringly controversial and often shocking examination of the world of international punctuation.
‘So many people these days are obsessed with punctuation,’ said Charlotte Gainsbourg, actress and close collaborator with the Danish Jew/Nazi director. ‘Do I put a semi-colon there? When do I use a hyphen? When do I use brackets? Only a fearless visionary like Lars dares to uncover this topic.’
Thinking unthinkable thoughts (again)
Punctuation has frequently caused controversy in the world of films, ever since Ruggero Deodato’s film Cannibal Holo-Caust was withdrawn from circulation in Italy because of the incorrect use of a hyphen. Like wise, One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest had it’s apostrophe moved by American censors, causing Milos Forman to withdraw from film making for seven years.
It was partly to avoid such restrictions that Von Trier (or Lars No-Stranger-to-Vontroversy Trier as he prefers to be known) gave his film a saucy title and pretended Shia La Beouf was in it. However, the release onto the internet of the first poster with the tag line ‘Forget about Love’ cleared indicated that the film was about the correct placement of parentheses and not rumpy-pumpy.
Xavier Poulis – our very own Swiss cheese expert and cinema critic – has however pointed out that: ‘the brackets are so placed as maybe to resemble a lady’s naughty parts, but I’m sure that is just a coincidence.’
Nymphomaniac: A Tale of Two Brackets will probably be a surprise late entrant in the Cannes Film Festival.