Lars Von Trier's Trump-inspired horror sparks mass walkout at Cannes

15 May, 2018, 16:15 | Author: Julio Duncan

The Danish director's new film The House that Jack Built premiered on Monday night.

During a break in the film's production past year, the director - along with cast members Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman [VIDEO] - attended a press conference with ScreenDaily.com regarding the details of the project.

His first victim appears to be Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman, who plays a woman seeking help when a vehicle malfunction leaves her stranded on the side of the road. "I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end", von Trier said during a news conference for his 2011 in competition film Melancholia. Von Trier knows exactly which buttons to press, and not only does he press them, but absolutely hammers down on them hard, drawing out the torture to make us suffer for longer than needed. the running time playing out at a snail's pace - long it is, and you feel every one of those 155 gut-wrenching minutes. "More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built, which depicts the mutilation of women and children".

There may have been a few walkouts throughout the film's more brutal scenes, but, like numerous director's films, there were plenty who found merit in it.


IFC Films is set to release "Jack" in US theaters in the fall. Also giving the film two stars was the Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who wrote it "feels like way too much and nowhere near enough", while, in an F-grade review, The Playlist's Jessica Kiang described it as "misogynistic" and "irredeemably unpleasant". Set in Washington in the 70s and 80s, it follows 12 years in the life of a "highly intelligent" serial killer.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. Nevertheless, the movie still received a prolonged standing ovation for von Trier, who is a regarded as a cinematic visionary in France.

The movie's first trailer was released back in April.

Not everyone seems to have been appalled by The House That Jack Built, however.

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