Lars Von Trier has sparked huge controversy with his new film The House That Jack Built, which saw up to 100 people walk out of the Cannes premiere before the end.
Trier, who has made a name for himself with such work, has made a two-and-a-half hour film depicting 12 years in the life of a “highly intelligent” serial killer played by Oscar nominee Matt Dillon.
Set in 1970s and 1980s Washington, Von Trier has described the film as celebrating “the idea that life is evil and soulless” but has been described as ‘murder porn’ by some critics. Some went as far as saying that the Danish writer-director had “gone too far” with his latest effort.
Entertainment reporter Roger Friedman called the film a “vile movie” that “should not have been made.” Viewers who stormed out of the Cannes Film Festival reportedly said “he mutilates children… and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?,” upon exiting the screening.
Stars such as Uma Thurman and Riley Keough make appearances in the film which, in complete contrast, also received a six-minute standing ovation followed the screening by some who were able to sit through the full preview.
Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’ was one of the most unpleasant movie-going experiences of my life. #Cannes2018
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018
Walked out on LarsvonTrier . Vile movie. Should not have been made. Actors culpable
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018
The House That Jack Built feels like a suicide note. #Cannes2018
— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) May 14, 2018