updated 10/11/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/11/2013 AT 6:30 PM ET
How else to react to the provocative posters for Nymphomaniac – the upcoming film from Danish director Lars von Trier – that capture each of the movie’s stars in a seemingly heightened state of arousal.
Set for a world premiere in Denmark on Christmas Day, the controversial NC-17 film follows the erotic life of a woman, Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) from birth to the age of 50, and stars Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Jamie Bell, among others.
The posters feature the 14 movie characters up close, undressed in the midst of what looks like a very intimate moment:
Shia, shirtless and smoking
Uma, glassy-eyed and hair flying
Christian, ripped and deep in thought
Jamie Bell, flexed with eyes shut
Louise Vesth, a producer on the film told the Hollywood Reporter that the director used body doubles for the actors along with digital technology to create the truly hardcore elements of the movie.
“So above the waist it will be the star and below the waist it will be the doubles,” said Vesth.