Nymphomaniac: Vol. II: when looking upon this film by itself, it is an unpleasant experience; the pace is uneven and the story, somewhat depressing. Once more, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård are solid, and the relative absence of Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf (both unimpressive, to say the least) is good news. Part of the problem is that the project was conceived as one piece, and distributing it in 2 separate pieces cuts the flow of the story (and, more importantly, the mood flow); this second part suffers the most. Furthermore, the conversations between the two central characters are less interesting and further apart; that being the main source of humor explains why this is a grimmer film, as well.
To make an effort to look at the whole piece (for what it’s worth, since they were seen somewhat far apart), it’s a somewhat interesting story; the explicit images don’t add much to the story, but are shown with a coldness that is aligned with the characters views; they seem to be there to call attention to the project instead of enhance the storytelling, a cheap stunt. It is, of course, a dark journey that could use better acting.
Read also: Nymphomaniac: Vol. I