The House That Jack Built trailer: Lars Von Trier returns to the Cannes fold to upset them once again
Anyone paying attention to Cannes over the past week will have seen the critical reaction to Lars von Trier's latest shocker The House That Jack Built. Unsurprisingly he proved to be as divisive as ever, with half the audience walking out disgusted (although some may suggest it has more to do with the accusations against the man rather than the film itself), and the other half giving him a standing ovation.
Von Trier at times makes shocking subversive films for the sake of it, while at other times putting his own anxieties out in the open for all to see. One thing is for sure, the Danish director could care less what you think. If you're up for it, take a look at the trailer for The House That Jack Built, which comes complete with his own warning (it's actually pretty tame).
U.S.A. in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.
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 goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult manoeuvres.
Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Sofie Gråbøl all appear in the cast, based on a script written by von Trier.
The House That Jack Built doesn't appear in Danish cinemas until the end of November, so we won't see it in the UK until early to mid-2019 at the earliest.