★★★★☆ In 2011 Lars von Trier was declared persona non grata at Cannes after saying that he "sympathised" with Hitler. The House That Jack Built is a disturbing and sometimes sickeningly graphic portrait of twelve years and five murders in the career, if that's the right word, of Jack, a serial killer played with world-class creepiness by Matt Dillon.
Oh no, says Jack, over documentary clips of actual massacres, including footage from a concentration camp of piles of Holocaust victims' bodies being bulldozed into pits. In a report detailing the premiere by IndieWire.com, a member of Variety's press team who attended the screening also described watching the film as "one of the most unpleasant movie-going experiences of his life". And guess what, the reactions to his latest piece of provocation, the gruesome serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, did not disappoint. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night.
We're spare the details, but consistent women and child mutilation are not off the menu, neither is the suffering of a poor duckling, a younger Jack seen pinching off one its feet before releasing it back into the lake to watch it struggle to swim away. And I do like several of von Trier's films, including Antichrist and Melancholia.More news: China's first locally made aircraft carrier starts trials at sea
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- The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018why can't Lars von Trier just make a normal fcking movie for once. pushing limits is one thing but he's just a complete sadist expressing his narcissism and contempt for the world through his art. However, Von Trier's movie led to more than 100 moviegoers leaving the theater before the movie was over because of the sadistic scenes, The Guardian reported.
Nonetheless, those who remained in their seats until the very end met von Trier with a "10-minute standing ovation", similar to that received by Spike Lee earlier in the day for his film, BlackKklansman.
Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is - contrary to all logic - set on taking greater and greater chances. The House That Jack Built is an uncompromising, barbaric, distressing watch, and one very hard to stomach. Let us know what you think.