Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

“The House That Jack Built”
Deanna Wagner | 15 May, 2018, 23:10

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.

More than 100 people left the screening of The House That Jack Built on Monday night, Variety reported.

Taking to social media, numerous members of the press have already deemed the film to showcase continuously "vile" footage and have stated that the movie "should not have been made".

Set in 1970s and 1980s Washington, Von Trier has described the film as celebrating "the idea that life is evil and soulless" but has been described as "murder porn" by some critics. "It is probably one of my absolute favourite Lars von Trier movies". Lars von Trier took on the project as his first feature since writing and directing his 2013 film "Nymphomaniac".

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Oddly enough, however, the audience still gave von Trier a six-minute standing ovation, as has seemingly become customary at Cannes screenings. You may be tempted to walk out of The House That Jack Built before then, but you'll definitely be talking about it afterwards.

The rest of the cast includes Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Jeremy Davies, and Ed Speleers.

The blackly comic thriller, which stars Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, follows the murder spree of a serial killer over the course of several decades. 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. He counted more than 100 people walking out of the film.

You just knew Lars Von Trier was going to stir up some drama with his grand return to Cannes (the filmmaker was banned for seven years as a "persona non grata" after making Hitler jokes while promoting Melancholia).