Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

It also stars Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Riley Keough. And guess what, the reactions to his latest piece of provocation, the gruesome serial killer drama The House That Jack Built, did not disappoint. The film, starring Matt Dillon, is von Trier's take on a serial killer thriller so it should come as no surprise that it caused quite a stir at Cannes.

Taking to social media, numerous members of the press have already deemed the film to showcase continuously "vile" footage and have stated that the movie "should not have been made".

The film will debut in the United States later this fall, though we can only expect that there's going to be even more controversial debate around the feature as more audience members get a glimpse into the disturbing project. "It's disgusting", one woman said on her way out. "The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale".


- The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018why can't Lars von Trier just make a normal fcking movie for once. pushing limits is one thing but he's just a complete sadist expressing his narcissism and contempt for the world through his art.

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.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. Time and again we've heard about movies that have left audience members fainting in the aisles but have actually turned out to be considerably tamer than first believed. According to an interview with the director, The House That Jack Built is supposed to draw parallels to the current political situation in the USA - particularly the rise of the new Republican president. Let us know what you think. Setoodeh reports that the film received a standing ovation at the Cannes premiere, which prompted someone sitting near him to declare: "They'll clap for anything".

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