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

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

The House That Jack Built is a new thriller from the Antichrist director, starring Matt Dillon as an artistic serial killer. A knife in the throat, suspended leg, a bloody Uma Thurman in the auto, a sniper game, with bullets, riding with a corpse in the bag the faint of heart need not watch.

And Lars von Trier's new movie, The House That Jack Built, found audience members walking out part way through viewing. The film debuts out of competition on May 14. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the USA - particularly the rise of the new Republican president.

The movie's first trailer was released back in April. The film looks visually inventive, and I like the idea of Matt Dillon having a big role to sink his teeth into.

I feel a bit ambivalent about this film.

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Not everyone seems to have been appalled by The House That Jack Built, however. Plus, Dillon's flowery narration induced some slight eye-rolling. Controversy is Von Trier's stock and trade, so it should come as no surprise that his latest movie could be his most graphic and shocking to date.

Such were the comments of patrons fleeing von Trier's film. 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.

"He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children. and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?" another viewer told Vulture's Kyle Buchanan.

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. 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.


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