Understand the News
“ The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. ”
I saw the first half of Lars von Trier’s four-hour film this afternoon, just as the conclusion has become available on iTunes. It feels right to have watched it at the Laurelhurst, where I watched his last feature, Melancholia.
Nymphomaniac (Pt. 1) opens with an uncomfortably long darkness, accompanied by the faintest scraps of sound. Then it gets experimental. I’d write more about it, but I’m on my phone and in a coffee joint; it might be best if I let the piece set with me a spell. Let me check on my fantasy baseball team’s doings and have a few drinks before getting back to you.
PS: I did not dig Philomena and 12 Years a Slave like some folks did.