Lars von Trier's Cannes comeback prompts mass audience walkout


Lars von Trier has just premiered his new film "The House That Jack Built" this past Monday at the Cannes Film Festival [VIDEO] and it seems that the feature has already racked up quite an intense audience response. The film also stars Uma Thurman, Jeremy Davies, Bruno Ganz, and Riley Keough. And again, he has brewed up another storm as 100 members of the audience walked out of the movie screening at Grand Théâtre Lumière "disgusted" by what they had witnessed.

Seven years ago, Lars von Trier was drummed out of Cannes for joking in a press conference that he sympathised with Hitler. The film looks visually inventive, and I like the idea of Matt Dillon having a big role to sink his teeth into.

@OscarPredictor wrote, "Just left Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built".

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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.

One thing's for sure, Dillon is magnificent in a very courageous role to take on - he may even be at a career best as Jack, but a stand-out performance is such a film that will be so lambasted over the coming moths leading to release, it'll be interesting if any recognition comes its way. That was outrageous even for this concerted controversialist, whose films have featured sexual degradation and genital mutilation and who has been known to strip naked in front of his actors and torment them psychologically. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. The final fifteen minutes of The House That Jack Built sees the film shift gears into a different realm - for the good - but because of the rampant, harsh, very hard to watch, very long build-up, Von Trier can't be forgiven. Let us know what you think.

The movie's first trailer was released back in April. The House That Jack Built is an uncompromising, barbaric, distressing watch, and one very hard to stomach. Despite a large number of viewers departing the screening early due to being unable to stomach the narrative of the film, the director still received a 10-minute standing ovation for the movie.