Once you go “Pho 2”, there’s no Joe to go back to

Once you go Pho2, There’s no Joe to go back to

An ironic epitome of a film, Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 is continued ridiculous absurdum, yet totally worth watching. 

To begin, lessons I learned:

#1. Shia Labeouf can act, so he should burn that paper bag.

#2. I needn’t have hidden that oh so cute teaspoon in my jacket pocket at TGIFridays.

#3. Porn producers should use Beethoven as background music to improve their cred.

#4. Cain and Abel probably missed out on some good action due to one upmanship quarrels.

But seriously folks, Nymphomaniac 2 works for three specific reasons (sorry for all the numbers, but math did play into the equation of the plot, hence I’m redeemed):

One–the cliff hanger of Nympho 1 when Joe claims she no longer feels orgasm combined with the nagging wonder if Seligman would take a pass at Joe, as one (or more) man + Joe (with the odd exception of Willem Dafoe) = sex.

(Aside: I now know what my pouty face looks like when a date claims he’s a non-drinker who can’t fathom the utter bliss of a fresh lime juice margarita based on Joe’s puss when Seligman reveals he’s asexual, which is totally ironic given the film’s end which I promise only to vaguely allude to in my third reason the movie works).

Two– the dual story of Joe’s nympho history juxtaposed with her relationship to super listener Seligman.  Without respite from child neglect, s& m, etc. in the quiet dark space of Seligman’s house, the movie just wouldn’t work.

Three: The ending is satisfying by making us ponder what true friendship means and are all humans  existentially and emotionally sterile.  One thing is a definite; timing is everything when it comes to quid pro quo.  To discover the meaning of that statement, check out Nympho 2, but only after the attentional  foreplay of Nympho 1.

Still a von Trier fan,


2 thoughts on “Once you go “Pho 2”, there’s no Joe to go back to

  1. You’re correct, to understand the blog’s humor, you do have to see the film, yet I didn’t want to give anything away in case someone hadn’t seen it. Hopefully it’s intriguing enough to make someone pull the trigger to see it if he or she was on the fence. Though there’s no way I could sit in a theater for this one, even though I made it through Blue is the Warmest Color at the Little, there’s s perversity to this one that I couldn’t watch in a public forum.
    Thanks for reading my blog Martin. I know you’re working on a novel, but do you blog?

  2. This might be the greatest film review I’ve ever read. And I have not seen the movie. It’s a review that assumes you have already seen the flick.
    Or maybe it’s a discussion. Rox?

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