Get ready... This week at the Cannes Film Festival, controversial Danish director Lars von Trier returns after being banned for 8 years to premiering his latest film, titled The House That Jack Built.
Dillon is shown going about several brutal killings, as well as spouting philosophy, at one point noting: "Some people claim that the atrocities we commit in our fictions are those inner desires we can not commit in our controlled civilization". Vile movie. Should not have been made.
The House That Jack Built premiered at Cannes Film Festival last night where there were over 100 walkouts. The film was screened in the 2,400-seat Grand Théâtre this Monday evening and, according to Variety.com, over 100 guests exited in protest, though many more believe half the viewers departed early. "The House That Jack Built" will be viewed by the press today. "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. "It's disgusting", one woman said on her way out.
Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous.
The House That Jack Built is a slasher movie that depicts a serial killer's quest to find art within murder, which you can already guess is going to lead to plenty of gross-out scenes. The film follows him for 12 years profiling his murders. We experience the story from Jack's point of view.
The trailer, which alludes to the life of the killer and how he sees the world, is full of blood and gore - which only rattled the anxiety around the film's upcoming release. 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 in-depth explanations of, for Jack, unsafe and hard maneuvers.