The House That Jack Built (2018 film)
|The House That Jack Built|
|Directed by||Lars von Trier|
|Screenplay by||Lars von Trier|
|Music by||Víctor Reyes|
|Cinematography||Manuel Alberto Claro|
|Edited by||Jacob Secher Schulsinger|
The House That Jack Built is a 2018 psychological horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Matt Dillon in the title role of Jack. The story follows Jack, a serial killer, over the course of 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. state of Washington. Von Trier has described the film as celebrating "the idea that life is evil and soulless." The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, marking von Trier's return to the festival after more than six years.
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The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of 12 years and depicts the murders that truly develop Jack as a serial killer.
- Matt Dillon as Jack
- Bruno Ganz as Verge
- Uma Thurman as Lady 1
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Lady 2
- Sofie Gråbøl as Lady 3
- Riley Keough as Simple
- Jeremy Davies as Al
- Ed Speleers as Ed
- David Bailie as S.P
- Yu Ji-tae
- Osy Ikhile
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Von Trier originally developed the idea as a television series, but in February 2016, he announced that it would be a film. After extensively researching serial killers, von Trier had a completed script by May 2016. International sales rights for the film belong to TrustNordisk with von Trier's Zentropa producing. Film i Väst is financing the film, and the Copenhagen Film Fund provided €1.08 million in production subsidies. The film is a co-production between France, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.
On 2 November 2016, von Trier announced that Matt Dillon would play the film's lead role. Announcements soon followed in February 2017 that Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl would also be joining the production with Uma Thurman's participation being announced the following month. Filming began in March 2017 in Bengtsfors, Sweden and was scheduled to finish filming in Denmark in May 2017. Von Trier split the filming into two parts to allow the opportunity for editing in between, something he has never done before. Complicated visual-effects work was scheduled to be completed after filming.
In May 2017, IFC Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film. As of March 2017, von Trier was negotiating to have the film premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, despite his being previously banned from the festival. On 19 April 2018, the film was selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival out of competition. After the announcement, a teaser trailer was released.
The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2018. It was reported that more than a hundred audience members walked out during the premiere, though a six-minute standing ovation followed the screening.
Indiewire critic Eric Kohn gave the film an "A-" and called the film a "wild masterpiece." BBC.com's Nicolas Barber gave the film four stars out of five and said "Undoubtedly a bold and stimulating film which no one but Denmark's notorious provocateur-auteur could have made." Owen Gleiberman from Variety gave the film a positive review, and stated "It's halfway between a subversive good movie and a stunt. It's designed to get under your skin, and does." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote "The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what's most surprising is that it's just as often inane as unsettling." The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw referred to the film as "an ordeal of gruesomeness and tiresomeness", though he did praise its closing scene.
Despite audience backlash toward a scene involving the main character's mutilation of a duckling when he was a child, PETA has defended the film in a statement praising its accurate portrayal of the link between adolescent animal abuse and psychopathy and for the realistic special effects.
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