The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built
  • 2018
  • Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden
  • Directed by: Lars Von Trier
  • Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Sofie Gråbøl

Jack (Dillon) is a serial killer who takes up murder after an annoying woman suggests he doesn’t have it in him. Dillon is convincingly sinister, but it’s just Von Trier playing with killer thriller tropes and poking fun at perceptions of himself, and it’s difficult to get offended by such an obvious attempt to provoke.

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Matt Dillon on The House That Jack Built: 'I was afraid I wouldn't be able to handle it'

3 Dec 2018

Oscar nominated actor discusses being involved in Lars von Trier's latest provocation

Matt Dillon is pondering the implications of his latest – and arguably most controversial – film in his four decades on screen. He's the lead in Lars von Trier's latest provocation, The House That Jack Built. Played by Dillon, Jack is a serial killer…

The House That Jack Built

17 May 20182 stars

Cannes 2018: Brazenly provocative, ultimately empty serial killer thriller from Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier was declared 'persona non grata' at the Cannes Film Festival seven years ago after he made a flippant remark about sympathising with Hitler at a press conference for Melancholia. His return to the festival and follow-up to 2013's…

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