Lars von Trier's 'disgusting' new film sparks mass walkouts at Cannes

16 May, 2018, 08:32 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018) Movie Trailer: Lars Von Trier Creates A Serial Killer in Matt Dillon

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

In one scene, Matt Dillon's character shoots children at a family picnic in the head with a rifle.

Despite the controversy, the film still received a standing ovation from those who stayed until the end.

As awful and cruel as the film is, it's hard not to applaud the technical aspects and indeed the fact that Von Trier is a very good filmmaker.

If anything, the mass walk-out has just made me want to see it even more - what do you guys reckon, will you be giving it a watch? It's hardly the first time von Trier has shocked viewers, but the director tells University Posts that he doesn't see anything wrong with depicting graphic violence and nudity.

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Normally, the temperature of a Cannes movie is determined at a morning press screening, where in the past a bad film has been met with boos.

Lars von Trier returned to Cannes with "The House That Jack Built" starring Matt Dillon.

The film has been described as "torturous" and "vile". Actors (also) culpable", said American entertainment reporter Roger Friedman, while another who left tweeted, "Gross.

Von Trier, the director who previously brought us such phantasmagoric classics as Nymphomaniac and Antichrist, says his new film is, simply, a celebration of "the idea that life is evil and soulless". The trailer, which is just over two and a half minutes, shows an unhinged Jack stalking, scaring and punishing his victims. "It is probably one of my absolute favourite Lars von Trier movies". And guess what, the reactions to his latest piece of provocation, the gruesome serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, did not disappoint. He constantly pulls the house down and rebuilds, his skill as an architect - or is it engineer - put to good use in perfecting his vision.

Reviews for the film have since been published and are mixed to negative.

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