'Vomitive. Pathetic': Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

by Wade Massey May 15, 2018, 16:18
'Vomitive. Pathetic': Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

IFC Films is set to release "Jack" in USA theaters in the fall.

According to Variety more than 100 people exited the screening after taking exception to the film's graphic depiction of a serial killer's murders and mutilation of women and children.

@OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built". On one occasion, he gets into a house by pretending, badly, to be a policeman; on another he brings new meaning to the phrase "family hunting trip"; on another he insults a young woman he calls "Simple" (Riley Keough, bringing some surprisingly touching humanity to an otherwise callous film). In another Keogh's character is seen having her breast sliced off, while a flashback scene shows a child removing a duckling's leg with a pair of pliers.

- The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018why can't Lars von Trier just make a normal fcking movie for once. pushing limits is one thing but he's just a complete sadist expressing his narcissism and contempt for the world through his art. 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 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. This, obviously, ends in tragedy, and so we're off on a two-and-half hour plunge into the mind of a vicious psychopath, Von Trier sparing us no gory details on his rampage through the state of Washington over a 12 year period.

Matt Dillon in The House That Jack Built.

The 62-year-old Danish director is known for controversy, but his latest movie really is sparking strong reactions. "The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale". Despite a large number of viewers departing the screening early due to being unable to stomach the narrative of the film, the director still received a 10-minute standing ovation for the movie.


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