This Movie Trailer Has Actually Caused Mass Walk-Outs At Cannes

Provocative Danish director Lars Von Trier’s latest film, the serial killer film The House That Jack Built, premiered at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. The reactions to the film have been quite extreme, even for Von Trier, who returned to Cannes after a six-year ban following controversial comments in which he appeared to sympathise with Adolf Hitler.
Over a hundred audience members chose to flee the screening of the film, starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, and some later took to social media to condemn the famously controversial filmmaker’s decisions. “Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. Pathetic,” one person wrote on Twitter. The film was described by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh as ‘unlike’ anything he’d ever seen at the festival. He tweeted a picture of the empty seats at the auditorium, but also reported that those who stayed back gave the film an enthusiastic standing ovation.

This is how quickly the audience clearly out after Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built.’ #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/yxZJJww71w
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018

I’ve never seen anything like this at a film festival. More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ which depicts the mutilation of women and children. ‘It’s disgusting,’ one woman said on her way out. #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/GsBGCoyHEG
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018

Nevertheless, #Cannes2018 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.’ pic.twitter.com/xa6Hi0t23r
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018

The scene that caused most of the controversy reportedly showed Matt Dillon’s serial killer character shooting children with a rifle, and later mutilating a woman.
Von Trier was declared ‘persona non grata’ at the festival following his 2011 press conference for his film, Melancholia. The director appeared to sympathise with Adolf Hitler on a human level in his answer to a question, even as star Kirsten Dunst visibly tried to get him to stop talking.

The House That Jack Built will be released in Von Trier’s native Denmark in November. Here are some more reactions.

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 #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/m4YRFjuiz1
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) May 15, 2018

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: where NYMPHOMANIAC posited getting fucked as futile existential soul-searching, this one pins its central metaphor on murder. A sick film from a sick man, and of course it’s amazing.
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) May 15, 2018

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: I decided I’d had enough after about 100 minutes, which is when I left. I’m a critic but I’m also a human being, and I don’t have to play a part in somebody’s elaborate system of torture. #Cannes2018
— Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon) May 15, 2018

so so soooooo many walkouts during THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT but jeez louise the people that stayed launch into massive applause at the end. I smoked my first ever cigarette after lol
— Aaron Michael (@subsahaaron) May 14, 2018

The House That Jack Built feels like a suicide note. #Cannes2018
— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) May 14, 2018

Talked to someone who walked out of the Lars von Trier film at Cannes: “He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children… and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?”
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 14, 2018

Sadistic murder porn that inspired more than a few walkouts. But such is usually Von Trier’s MO #cannes2018 #TheHouseThatJackBuilt
— Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell) May 14, 2018

Just left Lars Von Trier’s The House that Jack Built.Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. Pathetic. #Cannes2018
— The Oscar Predictor (@OscarPredictor) May 14, 2018

Walked out on LarsvonTrier . Vile movie. Should not have been made. Actors culpable
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018

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