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Best: The secret screening returns to Sundance with "Nymphomaniac"
Sundance's secret screening -- an annual festival tradition that has previously unveiled such films as "Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- took a break last year, so excitement levels were high when its reinstatement was announced. Not that it was much of a surprise: while possibilities like "Snowpiercer" and "Foxcatcher" were rumored, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac (Part One)" was always deemed the likeliest selection, and so it proved to be. Happily, it also turned out to be one of the festival's very best films: a robust, intelligent and very, very funny meditation on human sexuality with all the formal brio and bonkers provocations that we've come to expect from von Trier. Bring on Part Two.
- Guy Lodge