Lars Von Trier's Trump-inspired horror sparks mass walkout at Cannes

Kelvin Reese
May 15, 2018

The House That Jack Built premiered at Cannes Film Festival last night where there were over 100 walkouts. Look unpleasant? Sure. But I wouldn't want him to suddenly go chaste on us, and the career high of Nymphomaniac is a good place from which to start a new provocation. More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier's "The House That Jack Built, ' which depicts the mutilation of women and children", Variety New York Bureau Chief Ramin Setoodeh wrote on Twitter.

According to THR the film caused people to flee the theater during the screening, but it ultimately got a six minute standing ovation when it was all said and done.

The House That Jack Built, which supposedly sees Dillon mutilate actress Riley Keough and even a few children, screened out of competition - though it's believed to have been the "day's major festival draw".

The director walked the red carpet along with some of the movie actors for the first time since his appearance at the global film festival in 2011.

Entertainment reporter Roger Friedman described it as a "vile movie" that "should not have been made". Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous.

Von Trier was making his first appearance on the Croisette since being declared "persona not grata" by the festival over a 2011 press conference in which he joked about sympathising with the Nazis.

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Although Matt turned up in Cannes to promote the film, its other stars Riley and Uma skipped the world premiere.

In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, Von Trier said the film "celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless".

We learn very early on that Jack has committed at least 60 murders.

- Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built.

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. "The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale". Let us know what you think.

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