Film reviews. Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh look at Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, and A New York Winter's Tale.
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Lars von Trier explores the explicit in his psycho-sexual epic,
Nymphomaniac. My name is Jo. I'm a nymphomaniac. Tilda Swinton and Tom
Hiddleston are bound for eternity in Only Lovers Left Alive. I have what
you need. Not that I need. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star in the
adaptation of the bestseller The Book Thief. You've kept me alive.
Don't ever forget that. Plus, we review Colin Farrell in a A New York
Winter's Tale. Danny is here and we are joined by guest critic Kevin
Kmare. That was very well done. First up, Nymphomaniac Parts One and
Two, the story of Joe, a self-confessed nymphomaniac who
looks back on her erotic encounters. If I asked you to take my virginity
would that be a problem Not a problem. You have to ask him if he
wants to have sex with me. I'm a nymphomaniac. We say sex addict. The
story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac. From the age of about
50, told by Charlotte Gainsbourg. I play Joe, so from 15-31. When
Charlotte comes she tells a story I come into the flakbacks. Joe is in
her self-discovery. Take them to the laboratory and you have sex with
them. What if it's nasty? You think of a bag of chocolate sweeties.
Because I was playing Joe when she was discovering herself by the time
Charlotte takes over Joe is more self-assured. She knows what she is
doing. I don't know if they'd ever have been able to cut the film in
about two hours. It would have been impossible. So that Lars can put all
the things he wanted to put in. It needed to be in two films. I mean
the sex scenes, I mean it is strange, you know. I'm not going to
lie. But it's also, you're provided with prosthetics. You are going to a
porn double, there are all these effects. Immediately you go - it's
fine. If I can stay within my comfort zone and still be able to,
you know, act in this film and work with Lars then, great. I'm going to
jump in. Would it be all right if I show the children the whoreing
built. They have a stake in this event. It was daunting. It was also
extremely fun and it was a really great challenge for me. It was my
first first role. My first job. To be surrounded by these amazing
actors, oh, my God, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater Hollywood actors
hes, these are the big guns I'm not even a pistol. Perhaps the
difference between me and other people is that I've always demanded
for more from the sunset. More spectacular colours when the sun hit
the horizon. That's about my only sin. As soon as you bring up
sexuality, immediately it creates a problem. I think maybe that's why
they see it as controversial. I don't think he's trying to say this
is what sex is, I think he's also trying to show that sex isn't always
romantic, as you see it in the movies. It doesn't have to be
romantic. You always see it with silky sheets. Then they kiss, oh,
they are done. It's like - wait a minute!
I've never met a bad human being. Well, you have now. Before we talk
about what you both think of the film we should say it's accent week.
Hence Kevin went off on one, which we loved. Will you do that the whole
time I'll try! What do you think? Is There is no end of grunting and
heaving and sweating and moaning and grinding in Nymphomaniac. There are
all kinds of sex going on, I learnt a few new things myself. It's about
everything at once, religion, families, fly-fishing, it's abouts
Lars von Trier and anyone who knows Lars von Trier in any one scene in
his films you feel about applauding and strangling him. That's true for
Nymphomaniac for the duration of the four hours. There would be moments
of boredom and where you think of writing a stern letter of
complaints. This film is intensely funny and wildly inventive and
almost heartbreaking. The world is a more interesting place for having
Nymphomaniac in it. I found someone who disagrees. I can't find out what
accent is next. Frank Lamb says, "it's dross, like a film made by an
art student trying to impress the pretty girl in the class" Is it
Frank? Yes? Is I feel we saw different films. The film I was saw
was intriguing. It's two films. The film I saw was intriguing for the
first film and a bit of the second film. It had an interesting motor
and idea which was to marry explicit sex with intellectual curiosities.
In doing so it seemed to be trying to lift the veil on humanitarian
where we all -- humanity where we live in a place where it's a battle
between mind, soul, in ellect verses the gut. Somewhere maybe, at the
point where Charlotte Gainsbourg's body double was getting their bum
whacked38 times the film anded me and Lars von Trier lost interest
interest in what they were doing. It suddenly fell apart. It became
boring. You saw, this is what he was doing. Because it was very long
Would you preferred, we should explain you watch the first one,
there is an interval, then you watch the second one. Would you prefer to
watch the first oned and be done with it? It could be a size issue.
Too big to handle. Will get into trouble! It's the repetition. I
think after four hours it's a four hour sex marathon. After that much
time the cracks start to show. I don't think it's as clever as he
thinks it. Lars von Trier makes films like he thinks he is the
cleverest person in the room. Thought most of it was supposed to
be funny. Did I... It's volatile cocktail. You have the art house
gloom and despair going on. The other half is Carry On, Frankie
Howard. I don't think he thinks he is clever. It's unfashionably
sincere. No. I think he means it. It can't be Carry On and sincere at the
same time. It's studently funny. It's the idea of - let's have a
wacky fight of about 95% of paedophiles are all great because
they don't act on their impulses and more sex - That's not played for
laughs You are being poked and prodded all the time by an Iish
student. That is Lars von Trier's whole thing. Did you not like the
marriage of this woman who was desperate to shock her audience.
She's Lars von Trier. I quite like... OK, right. Thank you. But
against him, who is unshockable? Did you not like those two... That's the
mechanics of the movie. It's not a story. It's like, without being
pretentious, like dialogue where he's just, a, verses b, put them
together am they bang about a couple of ideas. Quickly. Can we just
mention performances. Anybody stand out for you? Is Mixed performances.
Jamie Bell makes this fantastic. Shifting sadist. Uma Thurman steals
the film in five minutes. Given the film it is takes doing. Christian
Slater looks like it wasn't the career he was expecting when he was
doing Pump up the Volume. Sheila's accent comes from a country we
haven't discovered. I'm horrified - So down on it? Absolutely. Films
like this don't come along so often. The sooner or later Lars von Trier
his career is like a therapy session for him. Sooner or later he will
crack it and work out of his systemed and make Legally Blonde. At
that point we would have lost something. You say lost, I say gain.
Nymphomaniac 1 and 2 will be in cinemas for one day only this
Saturday and then on general release from Friday 28th. Next, Colin
Farrell stars as a man in search of a miracle in A New York Winter's
Tale. There is a world behind the world, where we are all connected.
What winter's tale is a fairytale for grownups. A thief who falls in
love with a dying heirest hes and hopes he can save her life with his
love. It squeaks. You have a gun? Just robbing the place, you know. Is
that still your intention? No, it isn't. Well, then, I suppose the
polite thing to do would be to offer you a cup of tea. It's a piece of
fiction. His journey through it was very much born of his... A lot of
his experience of love and loss. My My wife passed away while I was
trying to figure out how to turn it into a navigatable object. It became
a kind of love letter to her. What's the best thing you've ever stolen?
I'm beginning to think I haven't stolen it yet. They have a love
affair that transcends time and ends up kind of existing in some way
shape or form for the 100 years that the story takes place. These two
people have never believed that that would ever be part of their life.
The that they fall even quicker and even more madly. You are impossibly
beautiful. So are you. It's about the most unedgy script that I've
ever read. It's so sentimental. It's so sweet and it inspires to such
lofty notions about love. It was one of the things that scared me about
it, but one of the things I loved about it. Are you all right? I'm
Abbey. What is your name? I don't know. I've had no memory for as long
as I can remember. I appreciate the help. I hope it finds its place. It
is a utterly romantic, utterly uncynical object. The Her name was
Beverly. What's happening here? Their love is so strong it agenda
Tats the shades of light and dark manipulating the existence of all
human beings. You will not be saving anyone. Maybe there is something you
are still meant to do. It was definitely, you know, it continues
to be a very, very pro emotional experience. -- profound emotional
experience. Is What do you think? Best Film I have seen. Can we do
accents. It's indignified to carp on about accents as they are trying to
do their best. Russell Crowe's Irish accent is straight out of The Little
People. Never heard it spoke... Low pressure are corn. That for me
up-ended the film. Maybe American's don't complain about Liam Neeson's
American accent. It's Showgirl's cheese. Yeah, it's the Showgirl's
version of you know Princesses Bride of a romantic movie. Even mentioning
the Princess Bride. It's difficult to make a cult movie nowadays. To
make a cult movie it has to be accidental. Everybody know what is
they are doing. Everybody is knowing. This is a true cult movie
in waiting. I don't think anybody knew what they were doing. If you
went to see tie tantic having been force fed cough medicine and been
asked what you saw, it's kind of this film. Russell Crowe, it's
extraordinary what he is doing. The only explanation I think is that he
came off the set of Les Mis, and thought, next time I will take it up
a notch. He has. Will Smith? There is a gem of a nice idea in this.
Half way I got it, OK, it's Gangs of New York meets the mortal
instruments this is what they are doing, angels and demons in New
York. Maybe with different director, different script and cast this could
have been the film - With do you respect the sad circumstances this
came out, to have the same writer, same producer, if any film was
calling out for a producer to stride on set and say, no, no, it's this.
Will Smith and Russell Crowe are extraordinary. If you were
directoring a panto you might say "tone it down, loves" here they
don't. They think they have gold dust in the bag. Everyone in the
screening room was aghast. I can't explain what it's about. You know,
there is a horse, he's good. Other people are bad. The horse is really
a dog. Yes, there is that. Don't pull on that string.
Now, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston team up as a pair of
vampires who have been in love for centuries in Only Lovers Left Alive.
When it first met Jim, all he said to me, he wanted to make a film
about love. And really, it was about two people, Yemen and yang, black
and white, the sun and the moon. They were very rare, sensitive,
allocate beings. And the twist was, that these two creatures were
vampires. They are vampires that lives without
reflection. But I think they reflect each other. That is the way that
they operate for one another. So there is something unique about
them. Having said that, there may be a pair of vampires living on every
corner, you don't know. I can think of some people who might very well
be described as such. 1868. I look so young. That suicidal Mt scandal.
Let's hope he is just Ron Antic. Being so reclusive and everything is
probably only going to make me more interested in your music. What a
drag back in our contemporary culture, vampires are everywhere.
Blood on a stick. Delicious. Jim was taking something that was very
popular and making it his own. Why don't think I have ever met anyone
like him. He is a poet. He is a poet of cinema and music. We're going to
have so much fun together. I don't think I did anything particularly to
prepare for the role. I hung out with Jim Jarmusch for, I don't know
how long. I have hung out with him for 15 years!
You have been pretty lucky in love. If I'm a say-so. -- if I may say so.
I have what you need. Not what I need.
Danny? I have always had certain preconceptions about the kind of
people that were sunshine to lack -- sunglasses in nightclubs. But it
turns out they were just vampires, Jim Jarmusch vampires. They are
these affable, slightly depressed and cats. I think that works. As Jim
Jarmusch movies go, this is slight and sweet. It is charming. I can
find nothing to objective. I agree totally. -- nothing to object to. It
is hard and depressing to see you do not object to anything but it is
like Jim Jarmusch is hit and miss. He made an appalling movie a few
years ago and then Broken Flowers before that. He is up and down. This
felt like his challenge was to make a vampire film after twilight. It
seems like it is such a dead genre, excuse the pun. Post Twilight, it is
so difficult to make something original. Identity was reasonable.
That was arthouse vampires. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Struggling
at the edge of the genre. Jarmusch's question seems to be, can
you make it his own a of hipster guitarists. And it is fine. It is
much better than fine! The answer is, yes. I think the casting is
great. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, they are fun to watch and
they are having fun. It is smart casting, because they have that a of
dilapidated aristocrats, who might have been around for thousands of
years locked in a spare room in Mick Jagger's house in Performance. It
did not want to be a vampire film. I thought it was about true love and
they just happened to be vampires. It was not all about vampires. A lot
to their characters and therefore they were great together. -- I love
their characters. I would tell people to go and see this film.
There was some voluntary -esque name-dropping. Shakespeare and
Marleau... -- voluntary. It has to keep nudging you in the ribs to let
you know that it is really into the White stripes. But there are funny
moments. Jeffrey Wright, Tom Hiddleston, there was the scene
where he arrived at his hospital, covered in blood and he was the
world's least convincing Doctor. Every one of those scenes makes the
film worth it. And Detroit is a fantastic location, these skeletal
ruins. I've been waiting for a film that was not a remake of Robocop to
come and use Detroit as a location. Finally, Geoffrey Rush and Emily
Watson star in The Book Thief, adapted from the best selling young
adult novel by Markus Zusak. It is set in a small town in Germany
in a very ordinary little street, with an ordinary little family.
Everything is seen through the eyes of a young girl who arrives as a
foster child in this home. There is an archetypical mean stepmother and
an archetypical gentle woodcarver of a stepfather who teaches her to
read. There is a secretive that the family has which is that a young
Jewish boy asks for their help and they hide him in the basement for
two years. Quickly! Who seek? -- who is he. His name is Max and he needs
help. Are you hiding from Hitler? I am in. I am a Jew. If anyone saw
him, they would take you away from me and I cannot tell you what they
would do for him -- from him. No melodrama, no sentimentality.
Honest. No acting. Because we have to believe what these characters are
going through. They are checking the basement. What is this about? Max!
Max! It is an odd thing. I think if they
are wrecked decides to take on an adaptation, he doesn't because he
really the original source material. They would not do it if
they did not like the novel. Did anyone see UQ back -- see you? We
will make this our secret. It is very interesting. We are now seeing
audiences and people engaging on a strong emotional level. You have
kept me alive. Don't forget that. Words are life. If your eyes could
speak, what would they say? I wanted it to appeal to a wider audience. I
wanted 12-year-olds to go to the film got it has such a positive
message and because it deals with a part of history that should not be
forgotten. There once was a girl who had a
friend that lived in the shadows. She would remind him of how the sun
felt on his skin and Bobby air felt like to breathe. -- wanted the air.
And that reminded her that she was still alive. What did you think? It
is cuddly blanket of a film but it does that by telling you that war is
not as bad as all that. It looks lavish and lush. It has that look
that can only be achieved by sending people out to polish everything
between takes. If you want a World War II movie where even the book
burning looks nice, this is the film for you. So harsh! So harsh! They
are meant to be nice! It is a look at Germany during World War II.
Possibly a very pretty Germany, but I've thought that was great. I
thought the idea that you going into the classroom and there is a
portrait of Hitler and nobody is freaked out by it and the kids are
singing anti-Semitic songs and no one is freaked out and then they go
to the book morning and night and no one has bothered, halfway through
that I was unnerved. -- book burning. I thought this was
subversive. But you think, they are OK, they are not really Nazis.
Germany was not really full of Nazis(!) Book was number one in the
New York Best Seller list for 230 weeks. -- of the book. I love to the
first three pages so much. I thought character, Death, did not appear in
the film, so I'd got the film. -- the book. Markus Zusak is very good
year and Emily Watson is incapable of being bad. But when you think
about what they have to work with. There is a rich streak of guff in
this film. The first scene, boy is brought to Emily Watson, a stern
hausfrau. She looks at her, and she says, cannot even have her in the
house because she is filthy. And she looks like she has been in the spa
for a week. She is radiant and glowing. She looks like a friend of
Coleen Rooney. That all business runs through the whole film. You
know what that is, that is casting. -- that bogus mess. It is made by
Brian Percival, who cut his teeth on Downton Abbey. So it is going to be
traditional film-making. I believe what Truffaut used to call the
cinema to Papa. It is traditional, non-challenging. If you accept those
parameters, it is dignified storytelling. I did not find it
dignified. And there is the most crass moment of product placement I
think I have ever seen in the history of cinema at the end. It is
a pivotal moment and it is kind of out of nowhere. It is like Schindler
is list being interrupted so that Liam Neeson can have a can of juice.
The director said he wanted 12-year-olds to go and see it. Maybe
that is why it is softer? A World War II movie doesn't have to be
gut-wrenching. It doesn't have to be existentially ruined. But it was not
a nice time. Moving onto film of the week. Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac.
It has to be The Book Thief. Nymphomaniac is misogynistic, wildly
misogynistic. As a woman, how can you not notice that? I think
everything is such a mystic. But did not think that was particularly.
Now, we have to debate this for hours. That is a brilliant time to
bring that up. We will chat, off a. -- off air. And The Book Thief will
be in cinemas from February 26th. That's all from us. We'll be back
next Wednesday at 11:05, when we review Liam Neeson in Non Stop,
Danny meets Wes Anderson and we and talk all things Oscar. We're going
to play out tonight with Noah, the new film from Black Swan director,
Darren Aronofsky. It's in cinemas in April. Thank you so much for
watching. Good night.
Man corrupted this world. He polluted it with violence. So we
must be destroyed. A great flood is coming. We must make a vessel to
hold the innocent. Father! Ham! There is nothing for you here. You
define me? I am not alone. The choice is in your hands, no. --
Noah. When they come, they will be desperate and they will be many.
Take the arc!
Film 2014 returns to review the latest movie releases. Under consideration this week is Lars von Trier's controversial Nymphomaniac Volumes One and Two, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg alongside an ensemble cast. Tilda Swinton stars in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, and Colin Farrell leads the cast of fantasy drama A New York Winter's Tale.