The film has been controversial from its first announcement because of reports that the actors would engage in real sex acts on-screen.
But Martin has since revealed that porn actors were called in to act as body doubles for the sexually explicit shots, of which there appear to be many.
The trailer also reveals that the movie will be laced with sado-masochism, sexual violence and other abuse. In fact, the movie begins when Joe is found beaten in an ally by a man known only as Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård).
He takes her in and she begins to tell her story, starting when she is a young teen. Martin plays Joe in her youth and Gainsbourg takes over the character when she becomes older. The movie recounts her life from about 17 until she is 50 years old.
The picture will open in Demark on Christmas Day. No released date is available yet for U.S. theaters. von Trier said the movie will be shot in two parts and will include an edited version as well as an explicit director’s cut.
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