Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

If you're familiar with Lars von Trier's body of work, (Antichrist, Dogville, Melancholia) you'll know that the Danish director is persona non grata at the Cannes Film Festival, and earlier today, that reputation reached legendary status. However, Von Trier's movie led to more than 100 moviegoers leaving the theater before the movie was over because of the sadistic scenes, The Guardian reported.

Some of those who walked out tweeted their disgust at The House That Jack Built.

After this ironic encounter gives him a taste for butchery, we see him strangling, stabbing and shooting innocent victims and then arranging their corpses, like shop-window mannequins, in a cold storage unit alongside shelves of frozen pizzas. After the director stated that the film would be his "most violent yet", it seemed he made good on his promise as the first trailer of the film did little to calm the nerves of audience members.

"I've never seen anything like this at a film festival", the film scribe revealed. Vile movie. Should not have been made.

While one audience member added: "I've just walked out of Lars von Trier's premiere at Cannes 2018 because seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment". Also giving the film two stars was the Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who wrote it "feels like way too much and nowhere near enough", while, in an F-grade review, The Playlist's Jessica Kiang described it as "misogynistic" and "irredeemably unpleasant". Von Trier's script follows Jack's development as a murderer, following him through five important killings and providing glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience.

Not everyone seems to have been appalled by The House That Jack Built, however. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

Neither Thurman, who is the first to get murdered in the film, nor Riley Keough, whose death prompted more than a dozen walkouts from the premiere, came to Cannes to promote the film.

  • Gwendolyn Kim