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Cannes Review: ‘Misunderstood’ By Asia Argento, Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 26, 2014 10:31 AM
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Incompresa, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento
There’s something irresistibly hip about Asia Argento, even as a concept. The sultry, pouty daughter of trash-horror maestro Dario Argento, her public image as a wild child jack-of-all-trades-as-long-as-they’re-kinda-glamorous (actress, singer, model, director) does make her something of a poster girl for tough, troubled, attitude-y cool (just check out her Cannes red carpet pic or her Twitter account for that matter). But after her first two forays into directing, “Scarlet Diva” (in which she also starred as a self-destructive starlet) and child abuse chronicle “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” she has shifted gears in several ways with her third: she makes a brief, Hitchcock-level cameo but doesn’t star, and most welcome, she moves from straight-up miserablism to a beguiling cockeyed whimsy.

Watch: Trailer For Asia Argento's Cannes Entry 'Incompresa' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 4:47 PM
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Incompresa, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento
Earlier today we dropped our list of the 15 Most Anticipated Film Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and while it's the highest profile titles that get the attention, we're always hoping for something to break out unexpectedly. Could Asia Argento's "Incompresa" be such a film?

Review: Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II' Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell & Shia LaBeouf

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 20, 2014 7:39 AM
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Lars von Trier's two-part, multi-version “Nymphomaniac” is destined to divide opinion the way it is itself divided down the middle (and as if it wasn't different enough to different viewers, there are also multiple versions: this is a review of the shorter, theatrical cut of the second volume). If “Vol. I” felt at times like a long-winded dirty joke – meandering, incoherently provocative, self-indulgent without being fun enough to make up for it – then “Vol. II” might just be the punchline (though many found a lot to like in the first volume's exuberant array of explicit sexuality and bizarre analogy: for a positive take you can read our review on Part I here). It's an extremely long way from being a perfect film, but undoubtedly (and whatever you thought of “Vol. I”), there's enough going on in the second volume to keep you stroking your chins (or other, more...private...parts).

Watch: Charlotte Gainsbourg Loves Her Dirty Filthy Lust In New Trailer For 'Nymphomaniac Vol. 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 3:19 PM
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Nymphomaniac
It's probably safe to say that making Lars von Trier's two-part sex epic "Nymphomaniac" was far from the usual film experience. But even for Charlotte Gainsbourg, making her third movie with the director following "Antichrist" and "Melancholia," the production offered up some interesting decisions for the actress. Namely, she got to pick her own sex stunt double.

Berlin Review: Lars von Trier's Director's Cut Of 'Nymphomaniac Part 1'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2014 1:17 PM
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Lars von Trier is going to Hell. The devil, after all, has all the best tunes, and on the evidence of "Nymphomaniac Part 1," which has its world premiere in its unexpurgated, director-preferred 145-minute version at the Berlin Film Festival, von Trier is a maestro at his zenith, conducting what may very well be his magnum opus. It is a symphony, or perhaps a thrusting, punk-inflected heavy metal power grind of rude, funny, sexy, sad, gross, pretentious, meta and brilliant, and sometimes all of these things at the same time. But out of what should be discordant, salacious, self-indulgent and ugly, von Trier, through sheer storytelling and filmmaking chutzpah, has crafted something witty and clever and thrilling, that absorbed our attention like a sponge and displayed, beneath all that brio, a kind of wisdom we haven't seen before from the filmmaker.

Watch: New Trailer For Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Part 2' Is Burning Down The House

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 11:03 AM
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Nymphomaniac
With a surprise screening at the Sundance Film Festival, and a debut of the uncut first part at the Berlin Film Festival next month, it's safe to say Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" is still one of the most talked about movies of the year. And here's yet another look at the movie to get you talking.

Charlotte Gainsbourg Says She Thought Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Was Just A Joke & Provocation At First

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 11:09 AM
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Nymphomaniac
"My next film, and Kirsten [Dunst] demanded it, will be porn. That's how women are. Really hard core. That's what I'm writing now," Lars Von Trier told a Cannes Film Festival press conference back in 2011. And we all had a good laugh, but here we are three years later with the director's two part epic "Nymphomaniac" is already rolling out overseas and slated to open stateside this spring. And it looks like we weren't the only ones who thought Lars was just fucking with us.

Check Out NSFW Character Portraits & New Images From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Nymphomaniac
Fifty shades of what? While Hollywood will spend the next year attempting to convince everyone just how hot their adaptation of the mommy porn book will be, Lars von Trier has gone ahead and pushed, ripped, burned and completely destroyed the kinky envelope with his two-part "Nymphomaniac." And with the movie rolling out abroad, the teasing continues as we get ready to experience the epic stateside.

Watch: Merry Christmas From Lars von Trier With A New Clip From 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 25, 2013 9:00 AM
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Nymphomaniac
Have you opened all your presents yet? Still standing in a sea of wrapping paper and boxes wondering what to do next? Well, Lars von Trier has one more gift for you under the tree.

Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg's Cover Of "Hey Joe" For 'Nymphomaniac,' Produced By Beck

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 2:03 PM
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Nymphomaniac
Just when you thought Lars von Trier's sex-tacular "Nymphomaniac" couldn't throw any more curveballs your way, here is yet another: Charlotte Gainsbourg, in addition to taking the lead role which sees her tied up, spanked and lord knows what else, is also contributing to the soundtrack.

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