Blowhard, Esq. writes:
This is a strange one. After failing to climax during her first sexual experience, Val, a Spanish-French twenty-something played by Belén Fabra, egged on by her dying grandmother who wishes she spent her whole life fucking, decides that she will spend her whole life fucking. But when it’s clear the guyz can’t keep up with her insatiable demands she decides to pursue a trad square life. And, lucky her, her dreams of Love and Fulfillment seem within reach when she meets The Perfect Guy. …OR IS HE?
The film, directed by Christian Molina and adapted by Cuca Canals from a novel by Valérie Tasso, is tonally all over the place, vacillating between late-night-cable Euro sex film and Lifetime melodrama. One minute she’s having her Arab fuck buddy bang her with a Coke bottle, the next she’s a young Spanish Julia Roberts complaining to her mousy yet oh-so-supportive coworker about men these days. The entire second act is a the-dream-turned-into-a-nightmare Oprah confessional. I spent significant parts of the movie dumbfounded at the choices the filmmakers made, but on the other hand, you have to admire a team that piles on so many cliches and plays them straight. (I shouldn’t have been surprised when she took a job at the high-class brothel but I was.) On top of the kooky plot, there’s the music video sex scenes, corny flashbacks, and plenty of you-go-girl validation. But hey, Fabra gives it her all and manages to generate some heat, so that ain’t nothin’. Perhaps amused is the more appropriate state of mind to watch this film.
DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC is currently streaming on Netflix.
- I’ll admit the only reason I watched the movie is because it had “nymphomaniac” in the title. Netflix Instant has a lot of midnight sex movies. I enjoyed the daring LEAP YEAR much more than this film.
- Paleo Retiree on Lars Von Trier’s NYMPHOMANIAC.
- Have you checked out our XXX-rated Tumblr yet? (Hint: all the really gross, disgusting stuff is posted by Fabrizio.)