Condensation and ‘Nymph()maniac’

For a year I had waited for the rainy season to return. Since Friday night the rain has not abated save for some patches lasting five to twelve minutes when the clouds just took some time resting before they poured again non-stop. It has been cloudy the whole day today. The glass wall of my office was made opaque by this condensing pesky humidity, the same humidity which for three months has overstayed its welcome. I could only imagine what’s in the other side. It reminded me of those pito-pito bold films in the 90s where directors, fearing censorship, veiled their badly done simulation of sex with perspiring glass doors.

Speaking of…

I downloaded this movie by Lars von Trier around a month ago but did not find enough momentum and commitment to spend five hours watching the two volumes so I kept on postponing watching them until an opportunity arose–I became sufficiently consumed by boredom that I was left with no option but to begin watching the movie. The movie is watchable, if you’re a certain kind of viewer. If you have high tolerance for naked bodies, erect and flaccid phalluses (a lot of them), unorthodox tastes in sex, and long-winding conversations, then this film is for you. If you have a habit of associating meanings to anything, this film offers you enough objects of whose significance will make you spend your waking days figuring out. I quit figuring out after a while.

This film will not, I repeat, will not titillate.


But it’s a nice film, not the kind that you would let freshman English students watch, but good enough to give you a glimpse of the other side of the glass wall made translucent by that condensing humidity.

Thank God it’s cooler now.


5 thoughts on “Condensation and ‘Nymph()maniac’”

  1. if certain societies are so structured that certain films, books, are not available, because the industries involved block the good ones and allow only the more commercial ones in, i think illegal downloading is justified.

    after all, though they have to make a living from their art as well, i’m sure quality film makers and writers wouldn’t mind losing potential profits if their art could only reach as wide an audience as possible. it’s the film distributors and publishers who lose out bigtime when they continue to ignore Asian markets (and i’m not talking about China, Japan, Korea) as being an excellent field to release quality films/books in. This is especially true for shortsighted European publishers/distributors who always turn first to the EU and US markets, and only to Japan and China eventually if they even look to Asia.

    Which is why i find it an encouraging sign of the times that FNAC (
    is seeking to expand in subSaharan Africa ( and that at least one French music festival has had one edition in the region.

    But then, perhaps, Asians need to clearly demonstrate as well that they are interested not just in the dominant commercial/pop cultural products but also in the less widely distributed. Perhaps they should learn to seek out other sources of cultural info than the most popular ones. Internet makes it possible and one should take advantage of this fact to the max. And language should not be a barrier. Why not read a translated Mongolian website, for example, or listen to webradio from Abidjan, read an Estonian magazine, whatever.etc etc. Translation programs are not perfect but they do work. On Internet, basically the only limits to one’s sources of info are the self-imposed ones.

    BTW sa ako lang, si Benjamin Clementine ma-o ang pinakalatest nga genius/intellectual/poet/singer/one of a kind, if you dont beat me to it, basun ug mapa-abot nako iyang album dinha, kay may kopya na si karlo mikhail, live charismatic ug commanding kaayo siya, mosugod ra’g kahilom ang audience para lang makasugod siya’g kanta, pero daghan sab siya’g excellent nga clips online, paborito nako ni:

    thanks again for your blog and for all that one learns from it. from ur 2-digit IQ (that’s Woody Allen talking) fan who’s always need of more elevated insights:). look forward to dropping by again.

  2. p.s., pressed post too early, not claiming to have good taste in films, but aside from Grand Budapest Hotel, my top of the 2014 releases are simply Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu. Simply masterful filming.

  3. good for you, this film played for months at my favorite indie theater and i always put off watching it, because of the length. Because you say it’s a nice film, and not for the nudity, had enough anatomy lessons at school, hehe, i guess i’ll finally decide to look for the DVD.
    Lars von Trier works out his neuroses by making films, I guess, much better than going out and shooting down people:), hated the misogyne tone of Antichrist but enjoyed watching it anyway, a lot because of Charlotte Gainsbourg.
    Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy (Pardise:Love, Paradise:Hope and Paradise:Faith) is available online, good watching for those who don’t mind a bit of sociology:).

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