Von Trier has described as it his most gruesome and violently explicit movie to date, and during its screening last night at the Cannes Film Festival many viewers reportedly walked out in disgust over the violence on display.
Variety claimed that one woman who left the theatre mid-way through muttered "it's disgusting" while the balcony was mostly half-empty by the time the film had ended.
Lars von Trier has a new movie on the horizon, and if you're familiar with his work, you probably won't be surprised to learn that the movie looks predictably unhinged.
Some people, however, reacted more calmly, discussing the merits and flaws of Von Trier's works, commenting on his trademark provocative style. And unlike many other films here, von Trier won't be holding a news conference for his film. Lars von Trier took on the project as his first feature since writing and directing his 2013 film "Nymphomaniac". Actors (also) culpable", said American entertainment reporter Roger Friedman, while another who left tweeted, "Gross. Watch the new House That Jack Built trailer below. "For many years I've made films about good women, now I did a film about an evil man", he wrote in the press notes. It also stars Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Bruno Ganz, Sofie Gråbøl, and Riley Keough.
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But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced. As the who's who of the movie industry arrived into the French city, the impact of #MeToo is still being felt.
We learn very early on that Jack has committed at least 60 murders.
Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is - contrary to all logic - set on taking greater and greater chances.
One thing's for sure, Dillon is magnificent in a very fearless role to take on - he may even be at a career best as Jack, but a stand-out performance is such a film that will be so lambasted over the coming moths leading to release, it'll be interesting if any recognition comes its way. Let us know what you think. They were quick to point out that although 100 or so people bolted, 2,400 patrons hung around until the end to give the Danish favourite son a prolonged standing ovation.