“Controversial” should be the fourth word in‘s name. He was trolling viewers long before trolling was even a term.
The Danish filmmaker is an artist and professional provocateur, known for “Dogville,” “Antichrist,” “Breaking the Waves,” “Europa,” “,” “ ,” and various outraged headlines.
He and the Cannes Film Festival both got what they wanted again with his new film, “The House That Jack Built,” which earned both walkouts and a six-minute standing ovation. (Meanwhile, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” got what was described asfrom the Cannes crowd.)
Von Trier both wrote and directed “The House That Jack Built,” which starsas serial killer Jack, who sees his murders as elaborate works of art.
The film reportedly prompted groans from the Cannes audience, and more than 100 walkouts. Why?
Scenes are said to be very graphic, with Jack mutilating and strangling his victims, who are mostly women. But let’s be honest — that’s basically a yawn to most audiences. And it’s vintage Lars von Trier. No, the scene that seemed to prompt the most walkouts was when Jack used a hunting rifle to blow the heads off two small children.
Many (but not all) viewers tweeted harsh reactions, which only served to make others more curious to see the movie, the way fans are always drawn to anything “controversial” and macabre:
Just left Lars Von Trier’s The House that Jack Built.
Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. Pathetic.
— The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor)
Walked out on LarsvonTrier . Vile movie. Should not have been made. Actors culpable
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411)
I’ve just walked out ofpremiere at because seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment
— Charlie Angela (@CharlieAJ)
Nevertheless,still gives Lars von Trier a standing ovation after ‘The House That Jack Built.’ As someone sitting near me put it: “They’ll clap for anything.”
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh)
Wouldn’t it be more newsworthy if people DIDN’T walk out in disgust of a Lars Von Trier movie?
— Jay Bauman (@JayBauman1)
I’m confused by people walking out of a Lars von Trier Film as if they expected something totally different from him 🤔
— Rachel West (@rachel_is_here)
Seeing a lot of “what were they expecting?!” in regards to disgust at the Lars von Trier movie.
Understanding a filmmaker’s general leanings and being repulsed by a specific piece of work are not mutually exclusive.
— Russ Fischer (@russfischer)
annoying how everyone just forgot about björk accusing lars von trier of sexual harassment, and now he’s premiering yet another film full of sexual violence against women at cannes
— chris (@yeetismurder)
wonder how many actors said no before lars von trier got to matt dillon
— deep web menace (@jackpudwell)
lars von trier is a misogynist & a nazi & y’all still let him back into cannes…….where he showed footage of concentration camps & children having their heads blown off
— madison (@drzestylicks)
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: another trip through the abattoir of Lars von Trier’s anxieties, this one a damning self-critique of / backhanded apology for the compulsive violence of artistic creation. the ending is a scorcher. very sorry to say that I loved this.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich)
Lars Von Trier: *Unbanned from Cannes*
Also Lars Von Trier: Hello Cannes, hope you enjoy my latest torture porn xoxo
— Iggy Stardust (@IggySolo)
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Lars Von Trier is trolling us, complete with a section of clips from his own movies. He uses excessive violence (which is more ridiculous than shocking) & misogyny as a form of self-examination… I’d be offended if it didn’t feel so empty
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone)
“Reports of multiple walkouts at Lars Von Trier’s latest, calling the movie ‘disgustingly violent’.”
So, when do I get to see it?
— Jacob Knight (@JacobQKnight)
Really. This just makes so many people want to see it — and they’ll probably be expecting even more violence, so they’ll just shrug it off. Desensitization in action. Here’s the trailer for you:The movie costars Uma Thurman and Riley Keough and it’s expected in select U.S. theaters this fall.
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