Lars Von Trier's new serial killer film causes walkout at Cannes


The film is a dark and grisly serial-killer comedy - but, more relevantly, it's a dark and grisly serial-killer comedy written and directed by Lars von Trier.

The story line follows Jack over a span of 12 years as we get to see his descent into madness. The Golden State Killer must be kicking himself for not selling the rites to his life story.

As well as commenting on his own career and reputation, von Trier is having a sly jab at Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, and all those other films which present serial killers as cultured masterminds.

"It's disgusting", one woman said as she left the Palais. Matt Dillon stars as the super creepy guy doing all the killing alongside Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Bruno Ganz, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Jeremy Davies, and Ed Speleers. In 2009, while promoting his (also violent) film Antichrist, he said in an interview, "I think working with actors is a little bit how a chef would work with a potato or a piece of meat".

Not a fan: @OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built". Another tweeted that the movie was "vile" and "should not have been made".

So, Lars Von Trier returns to Cannes seven years after his ban from the festival. Nevertheless, the movie still received a prolonged standing ovation for von Trier, who is a regarded as a cinematic visionary in France.

IndieWire called "The House That Jack Built": "an often-horrifying, sadistic dive into a psychotic internal monologue (. that is) also possibly brilliant", while The Guardian dismissed it as "a smirking ordeal of gruesomeness". He postulates that each murder he has committed is an artwork in itself; from the nameless woman (Uma Thurman) whose head he caved in with a vehicle jack, to the group of strangers he planned to execute with a single rifle bullet. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.

Personally, it's hard to put much belief in those who walked out.