After starring in Antichrist and Melancholia, Charlotte Gainsbourg has signed on to co-star in Lars von Trier’s new film Nymphomaniac. Her third film with the Danish auteur, she would be playing Joe, a woman who tells the story of her sexual history to an older bachelor played by Stellan Skarsgard. The official synopsis for this movie is that it will trace “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50.”
Lars von Trier has secured the financing for this erotic film and plans to shoot both soft and hardcore versions of the film. While von Trier has never been a director to shy away from controversy or tough subject matter, he may have topped himself with this idea. There hasn’t been a film since Brown Bunny to depict unsimulated sexual acts on screen, so does this mean he will be hiring adult film actors to be in the hardocre version or will the same cast participate in both films? If not, will Gainsbourg and Skarsgard, both of whom have spouses/partners and children, be having sex with each other? How will the softcore version get any rating below NC-17?
There are so many ways this film could backfire, but it’s fascinating to see a director and actors who are not afraid to tackle controversial topics.
Production on Nymphomaniac begins this summer.