Controversial director, Lars von Trier, has really put his foot in it after causing a mass walkout at the premiere of his new film, The House That Jack Built.
Starring Matt Dillon as a 1970s architect-cum-serial killer, the film has been described as a ‘vile movie’ that ‘should not have been made.’
One critic slammed it as; ‘Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. Pathetic.’ Pretty rich calling something pretentious by using the word ‘Vomitive’ in my opinion, but hey-ho. People are not happy.
It was von Trier’s first appearance at Cannes film festival, since his 2011 ban for comments he made about Hitler at a press conference, where he said, according to the BBC:
He’s not what you would call a good guy but I understand him. I sympathise with him a little bit.
In regards to the film, Nicholas Barber, for the BBC, wrote:
Dozens of people walked out in disgust when The House That Jack Built premiered at Cannes, and while I can certainly understand their reasons, I was happy to stay all the way until the jaw-dropping ending.
The film is a dark and grisly serial-killer comedy – but, more relevantly, it’s a dark and grisly serial-killer comedy written and directed by Lars von Trier.
That means it’s overlong, overblown, sometimes boring, sometimes shocking, but undoubtedly a bold and stimulating film which no one but Denmark’s notorious provocateur-auteur could have made.
There are several graphic scenes of misogynistic torture and mutilation in The House That Jack Built – although I’ve seen a lot worse in supposedly mainstream US thrillers – but I suspect that more people will be put off by the lengthy seminars than they will by the sadism and gore.
I glanced at my watch once or twice myself, but most of the time I was challenged, appalled and amused by von Trier’s mischievous deconstruction of the serial-killer genre, as well as being impressed by his uncompromising bravado and technical brilliance: the film finishes with some magnificent supernatural imagery which would be the highpoint of any Hollywood fantasy blockbuster.
You may be tempted to walk out of The House That Jack Built before then, but you’ll definitely be talking about it afterwards.
In one scene, Jack, the serial killer, mutilates a girlfriend, and says:
Why is it always the man’s fault… If you are born male you are born to be guilty. Think of the injustice of that.
In another scene, he’s seen practising amateur taxidermy on one of his victims.
The ban was lifted in time for the release of The House That Jack Built.
The producer told the BBC on Monday, May 14:
It’s not too bloody. Of course we have some graphic images, but they’re very short and very few.
It’s more about the psychological side of evilness. I think there’ll be a huge reaction to the film.
The film probably isn’t all that bad. I’m sure you could show a room full of millionaire elitists Toy Story and they’d cry about it.
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