Danish director Lars Von Trier, who had been barred from the Cannes Film Festival since 2011 over his controversial comments about Adolf Hitler, made a comeback at the gala with his new film, The House That Jack Built.
The extremely graphic film sees Dillon play Jack, a serial killer, as he murders over a 12 year period, including Uma Thurman's Lady 1 - as seen in the trailer.
- Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 14, 2018I've never seen anything like this at a film festival. Another tweeted that the movie was "vile" and "should not have been made".
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"The House That Jack Built" follows a serial killer (Matt Dillon) as he mutilates and strangles his primarily female victims.
"The movie is overwhelming", she said. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. The scene that started the exodus showed Dillon's character blowing the heads off of two small children with a hunting rifle.
However, last month Cannes overturned the ban, with Fremaux saying that it was a "punishment that was disproportionate and that had lasted long enough".
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Previously films at Cannes had been viewed at a morning press screening. Von Trier denies the allegations. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the U.S. - particularly the rise of the new Republican president. In a two-star review, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wrote that the film was "an ordeal of gruesomeness and tiresomeness that was every bit as exasperating as I had feared", though did admit that he was impressed by its "spectacular horror finale".
There may have been a few walkouts throughout the film's more brutal scenes, but, like numerous director's films, there were plenty who found merit in it. However, as this is Ol' Papa Genitalia Hater Von Trier we're talking about, The House That Jack Built could be just as disgusting as they suggest - if they walked out early on, guess how much worse it gets?
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