Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes

"The movie is overwhelming", she said.

You just knew Lars Von Trier was going to stir up some drama with his grand return to Cannes (the filmmaker was banned for seven years as a "persona non grata" after making Hitler jokes while promoting Melancholia). Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz ("The Vatican", "Downfall") and Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough ("Mad Max: Fury Road", "Logan Lucky") also star in the Jake the Ripper-inspired tale of a 12-year investigation into multiple murders in the 1970s.

Taking to social media, numerous members of the press have already deemed the film to showcase continuously "vile" footage and have stated that the movie "should not have been made".

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself.


Variety reports: "The scene that initially led to dozens of walkouts involved Dillon's character shooting a hunting rifle at two small children, as he blows their heads off". At the time the Cannes board declared the director's comments "unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival". Von Trier denies the allegations. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the U.S. - particularly the rise of the new Republican president. In a two-star review, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote that the film was "an ordeal of gruesomeness and tiresomeness that was every bit as exasperating as I had feared", though did admit that he was impressed by its "spectacular horror finale".

- Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built.

Despite the use of his usual sarcasm and satire tones, the director made it clear that he was planning for the film to be his most "brutal" yet.

However, Setoodeh reported that those remaining in the cinema did give its director an ovation after its finale.

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