The House that Jack Built has become the most controversial film to screen the Cannes Film festival after around 100 people walked out during its premiere. The film has been criticised for its vulgarity, its violence towards women and children and for generally being horrific. It has Lars von Trier at the helm, what did you all think was going to happen?
We now have 3 clips to share with you that don’t showcase the film’s nastiest side, but definitely show-off Matt Dillon’s intense and sinister portray of a serial killer. Check them out below.
The House That Jack Built takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. 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. 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 almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.
In addition to Dillon, the film features Oldboy antagonist Ji-tae Yu, Riley Keough, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz and Sofie Grabol. The House that Jack Built will be released by IFC in the USA.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)