The House That Jack Built, Cannes Film Festival


Featuring a ton of blood and graphic violence, uncomfortably set to David Bowie's "Fame", the trailer for "Jack" confirms von Trier is up to his usual polarizing tricks. This is a very bloody, violent trailer - watch out. I understand Hitler, ' he said. Time and again we've heard about movies that have left audience members fainting in the aisles but have actually turned out to be considerably tamer than first believed. This trailer gives us a look at a lot of footage from this, and I'm so there for it.

The Danish director debuted his latest project The House That Jack Built debuted at the event on Monday (14May18) but the bleak comic thriller starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough, prompted audience members to leave en masse.

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Some of those who walked out tweeted their disgust at The House That Jack Built. Plus, Dillon's flowery narration induced some slight eye-rolling.

Likewise, other critics went onto note that the film - which graphically portrays the mutilation of women and children - felt "like a suicide note,", along with being deemed by The Guardian as "pretentious" and "pathetic". And I do like several of von Trier's films, including Antichrist and Melancholia. Von Trier's script follows Jack's development as a murderer, following him through five important killings and providing glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience. The House That Jack Built premieres at Cannes today (May 14), so we'll likely hear how the film is sooner rather than later.

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IFC Films is releasing The House That Jack Built for the USA, but no release date has been announced at this time.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds.

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Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an nearly childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations.