So, by raising the issue of what I had seen over dinner (several times actually) I did manage to coerce the others into coming in and having a peruse after dinner. The man behind the counter was more than happy to accommodate our inquiry with a hands on demonstration of the devise. Basically it just vibrates and has a little attachment that sucks and blows - clearly designed for clitoral stimulation. Not nearly as revolutionary as I had envisioned but probably a handy devise for those that have the need.
There was the usual array of vibrators and gag sex items for hens night carry on and the like, as well as the bondage and butt stretching devices that always make me wonder how many people actually buy those types of things, probably more than one would think if the truth be told. I can't imagine having a butt plug or ball gag in my own bedroom; different strokes for different folks though, you never know what's going to spin someone else's tyres. You can certainly find something for every taste at the adult shop that's for sure, and if you're looking for a bit of boudoir enhancement I'd say that is probably you're one stop shop. Honestly, it isn't somewhere that I frequent but I am curious, and I do like to investigate what is on offer. There were some very non-offensive looking vibrators that I hadn't seen before. They look far more appealing, modern and discreet than the old veiny rubber gel varieties that look like the belong on the set of some seedy porn movie and could never be left in a bedside drawer with children in the house. These new models are very sleek looking and could easily be mistaken for a remote control or computer mouse by an unsuspecting child or nosy parent, which does has it's advantages I suppose. But anyway, I'm not really in the market for a vibrator or dildo at the moment, but it never hurts to know your options.
Release Date: 2013 and 2014
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 241 mins (cut version)
Directed by Lars von Trier, and the third and final instalment in his unofficially titled 'Depression Trilogy,' Nymphomaniac is certainly not intended to be viewed by the faint-hearted. Having seen the cut version myself, I can only imagine what might be on the extra 84 minutes of footage that is on the directors cut, but trust me when I say that you will get the picture without that extra length. Nymphomaniac had more graphic sex than any other movie that I have seen before, excluding porn, so if you can't handle seeing full penetration scenes and oral sex, than you really shouldn't bother with this.
A nymphomaniac named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) recounts the events of her erotic past through a series of eight chapters to a stranger (Skellan Skarsgard) that finds her beaten and left for dead on the street.
More than just a story about sexuality, Nymphomaniac also delves into scientific, theoretical and religious discussion, which I enjoyed intensely. There was something intriguing and almost hypnotic about Joe's recount that I found riveting, and although some of the sex scenes were a tad confronting, there was a worthy story line stringing it all together. I know that real pornographic actors were used in the filming of Nymphomaniac, but in some of those scenes it genuinely looked like Gainsbourg was really going there, proving that she is one gutsy and dedicated actor.
Nymphomaniac is certainly not my favourite von Trier effort, and the first instalment is clearly stronger than the second, but in spite of it's short comings, I believe that it is still a worthy watch.
FINAL SAY: For me, love was just lust with jealousy added.
3.5 Chili Peppers