At the end of Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 young Joe (Stacy Martin) finds herself unable to feel anything mid-coitus and freaks out when she realises she's no longer able to become aroused or orgasm. Lars von Trier may believe this is a totally original HIGH ART movie, but all this moment did was remind me of something else.
Thirteen years ago television audiences watched as Sex and the City's Samantha Jones contemplated using her toothbrush on herself in a desperate attempt to make her nether regions "wake up". The fact that this was tackled over a decade ago and in a much funnier and interesting way really shows up Trier's sex epic for what it is: a somewhat enthralling film bursting with ideas, even if they aren't particularly original. Still, the more I think about it the more I liked it, which is bloody annoying.