Horrified parents at the cinema in Tampa, Florida, in the US, reportedly covered their children’s eyes, while others made a swift move towards the exit as the clip for Lars von Trier’s art house sex film was played out.
Lynn Greene, who had taken her grandchildren to see the Disney animation Frozen, said there were some technical difficulties delaying the start of the film so the theatre played another cartoon.
However, a teaser a film described as the most explicit to ever be shown in mainstream cinemas was screened instead.
‘They put in the filler, it looked like Steamboat Willie, the old Mickey Mouse cartoon, and then all of a sudden it goes into this other scene,’ Mrs Greene told My Fox Tampa Bay. ‘It seemed like forever when you’re trying to, you know, cover a little guy’s eyes. I didn’t have enough hands to cover his ears too and he got the sound down real good.
‘You’re talking, what, a PG-rated movie to all of a sudden have an R-rated scene up there for little children? My concern is that there should be safeguards in place so that this doesn’t happen again,’ she added.
The cinema has since offered free film tickets to those in the audience.
Various trailers for Nymphomaniac, featuring an all-star cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LeBeouf, Jamie Bell and Christian Slater, have already been banned from YouTube for their graphic sexual content.
by Sarah Kerr