The House That Jack Built, Cannes Film Festival

The House That Jack Built, Cannes Film Festival

Matt Dillon stars as Jack, a serial killer who views his murders as elaborate works of art. Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Bruno Ganz co-star.

Critics at Cannes have canned Lars von Trier's latest film, The House That Jack Built, which saw up to 100 people walk out before the end. Von Trier told The Guardian "The House That Jack Built celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless", so yeah, it's probably not going to be super fun to watch. After the director stated that the film would be his "most violent yet", it seemed he made good on his promise as the first trailer of the film did little to calm the nerves of audience members.

Nonetheless, those who remained in their seats until the very end met von Trier with a "10-minute standing ovation", similar to that received by Spike Lee earlier in the day for his film, BlackKklansman.

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. This trailer gives us a look at a lot of footage from this, and I'm so there for it.

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A woman can be seen producing a firearm from her bag and firing three shots into the man's chest and another one in his leg. Local reports indicated that the man was taken to a nearby hospital, but died of the gunshot wound.

I feel a bit ambivalent about this film. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the United States - particularly the rise of the new Republican president. Plus, Dillon's flowery narration induced some slight eye-rolling.

While acknowledging that the film was controversial, the Danish press and pundits put a more positive spin on the evening's events. And I do like several of von Trier's films, including Antichrist and Melancholia.

- Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 14, 2018I've never seen anything like this at a film festival. Von Trier's script follows Jack's development as a murderer, following him through five important killings and providing glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience.

The House That Jack Built does not yet have a United Kingdom release date. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

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