'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality

Sergio Cunningham
May 15, 2018

The extremely graphic film sees Dillon play Jack, a serial killer, as he murders over a 12 year period, including Uma Thurman's Lady 1 - as seen in the trailer. Actors (also) culpable", said American entertainment reporter Roger Friedman, while another who left tweeted, "Gross. And while his character espouses equal interest in killing men and women, it's von Trier's female characters who are slaughtered with the most gusto.

Some people, however, reacted more calmly, discussing the merits and flaws of Von Trier's works, commenting on his trademark provocative style.

Von Trier has also had a turbulent relationship with Cannes, where he was once banned following a 2011 press conference in which he - in jest - proclaimed himself a Nazi. I've never seen Cannes issue screening tickets with a trigger warning before ("scènes violentes"), but festival officials were perhaps wise to make an exception this time.

Ramin Settodeh, New York bureau chief for Variety, reported that he overheard one woman say "it's disgusting" as she left.

The walkout came despite audience members being forewarned that the movie featured "sadistic violence and brutality" and Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux saying that it was so controversial it would only screen outside competition.

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Thomsen said he thought the film was "artistic" and that von Trier was like a "sculptor".

As frightful 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.

Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is - contrary to all logic - set on taking greater and greater chances.

Despite the controversy, the film still received a standing ovation from those who stayed until the end. Let us know what you think. And it sounds like he's back to his best - or worst depending on your point of view - with the serial killer tale The House That Jack Built.

First reviews of "The House That Jack Built" were mostly hostile, with The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writing that it was "an ordeal of gruesomeness and tiresomeness that was every bit as exasperating as I had feared".

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