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'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality

15 May 2018

This morning, on the eve of its Cannes premiere, IFC Films unleashed the first trailer for The House That Jack Built, the latest foray into madness from von Trier, which stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon as a serial killer who "views each of his murders as a work of art". 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.

Matt Dillon in The House That Jack Built. Set in Washington in the 70s and 80s, it follows 12 years in the life of a "highly intelligent" serial killer.

The walkout came despite audience members being forewarned that the movie featured "sadistic violence and brutality" and Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux saying that it was so controversial it would only screen outside competition. Another tweeted that the movie was "vile" and "should not have been made".

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@OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built". The trailer above isn't cut like your standard movie trailer - there's a lot of long stretches of silence. Also starring Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, and Yu Ji-tae.

Likewise, other critics went onto note that the film - which graphically portrays the mutilation of women and children - felt "like a suicide note,", along with being deemed by The Guardian as "pretentious" and "pathetic".

There's no official USA release date yet, but IFC Films will distribute the film sometime this year.

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- Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 14, 2018I've never seen anything like this at a film festival.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. 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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'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality