All that said, it was well worth spend five and a half hours (plus little breaks in the middle) on a Sunday watching the extended director’s cut to experience von Trier’s vision fully realized. It is a very exhausting experience to undergo mentally, to say the least. I had watched the theatrical cut last year, so it was interesting to see what that extra hour and change in running time would offer. Realizing now how small some of the edits were, not properly showing genitalia, etc. I couldn’t help but to think the theatrical cut was a bit prudish. We’re all adults here, after all, or at least I hope we are. If you’re willing to sit down and watch a movie called Nymphomaniac, one would assume you were able to handle, or at least test if you can, some explicity in sex scenes. It was only the home made that abortion Joe performs on herself that I can kinda understand why it was not in the theatrical cut. That entire portion was actually very jaw dropping and shocking to watch, and I don’t really get fazed by much.
Before I wrap this up, I suppose I also have to talk about the ending. Originally I, like many others, simply interpreted the ending as one giant middle finger to the audience by von Trier. As if he was purposefully trolling us. But watching the story unfold for the second time, I actually began to interpret Seligman’s actions to symbolize the corruptive nature of sex. Joe’s tale is in essence slowly tainting and destroying Seligman’s innocence, which then leads to the dark ending. Although the ending aggravates me, I must emphasize that it does not ruin the movie. I still quite like the it as a whole, even after seeing for the second time. The story has more than enough substance to it to make it a one of a kind memorable experience. It’s pretty damn impressive, even if it is a movie you find yourself not eager to revisit very soon.