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Actress Wanted: Must Have Had More Sex than Lars von Trier

October 14, 2011

Sex research pioneer Alfred Kinsey famously described a nymphomaniac as “someone who has more sex than you”. It’s also the working title of Lars von Trier’s next feature project, with production slated to begin in the summer of 2012.

The film will supposedly differ from a porn flick in that it will be “mostly dialogue-driven”, which could be interesting. Here’s an idea, though: wouldn’t it be fun if occasionally, a woman got a nice big pile of cash to make a film about “the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to the age of 50”? I know, it’s a bizarre notion. I just wanted to put it out there.

Also…… yes, it’s a working title and no doubt one specifically designed to grab headlines, but: “Nymphomaniac”?? There’s something so dated about that term, although maybe that’s the effect he’s going for. “Remember the good old days when we were mostly associated with adult entertainment, rather than restrictive immigration policies and climate change treaty stalemates? Well, I’m bringing the sexy back! And my producer will be promoting the film while looking shifty and wearing a dirty raincoat!”

Nymphomania was, of course, a bona fide medical diagnosis in the Victorian era, used to describe a kind of mental illness specific to women. The diagnosis could be based on from anything from a woman having a large clitoris to wanting more sex than her husband; treatments were predictably unpleasant. No doubt Björk will be offered the lead role.

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