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The House That Jack Built (2018)

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The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director:

Lars von Trier

Writers:

Lars von Trier (screenplay), Jenle Hallund (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jack
Bruno Ganz ... Verge
Uma Thurman ... Lady 1
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Lady 2
Sofie Gråbøl ... Lady 3
Riley Keough ... Simple
Jeremy Davies ... Al
Jack McKenzie ... Sonny
Ed Speleers ... Ed - Police Officer 2 (as Edward Spleers)
David Bailie ... S.P.
Mathias Hjelm Mathias Hjelm ... Glenn
Ji-tae Yu ... Man 2
Emil Tholstrup Emil Tholstrup ... Young Jack
Marijana Jankovic ... Female Student
Carina Skenhede ... Little Old Lady
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Storyline

USA in the 1970s. 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. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale. Written by Zentropa Entertainments

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Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,091, 16 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,008, 15 January 2019
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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2.39:1
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Trivia

Von Trier split the filming into two parts to allow the opportunity for editing in between, something he has never done before. See more »

Goofs

When Jack cut's off the leg of the baby duck, you can see it's real leg, bent in his palm. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Albert Speer invented "The Theory of Ruin Value" by examining the Greek and Roman ruins, and constructed his buildings using both weaker and stronger materials so that they, in a thousand years, would appear as aesthetically perfect ruins.
Verge: Which fortunately were smashed to atoms in mere few years after their construction. Hubris is punished by nemesis if I may use an old-fashioned expression.
Jack: But an artist must be cynical and not worry about the welfare of humans or Gods in his art. This talks ...
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Alternate Versions

An R-rated version exists alongside the unrated 'director's cut'. The UK/Irish release is of the unrated version, as confirmed by the press invitation. See more »

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Edited from Medea (1988) See more »

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Performed by David Bowie
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Incredible satirical comedy,philosophical and unconventional Lars Von Trier movie.
14 October 2018 | by andykos-36255See all my reviews

People this time are completely overreacting-the violence is neither that graphic/shocking while it's presented in a hilarious/amusing way and it is not even the point of this film. And it's unfair for The House That Jack Built that it's being criticized for some "pathetic" scenes or "misogynistic" social comments from the director. When you finish the film the one thing that you won't remember will be the violence as the film is filled with black.danish and very intelligent humor ( Making the murders existential food for thought ), intersting contrast opinions in dialogue form ,between Jack and invisible listener Verge, about the history,importance of Art such as where does violence belong in it,the typical false perception of morality by the daily man, controversial for some but honest compliments/fair criticism regarding History,death,religion presented in extremely entertaining documentary like imagery of footage focusing on helping the viewer challenge his opinions,think out of the box and take sides ( agree/disagree ) either way comprehend some absorbing/tricky points about all the previously mentioned mostly social fields with Von Trier's very personal/innovative narrative style. The psychological analysis in Trier's characters or the way they are written is always genius-this time is different,more experimental some moments more fresh. The wild imagery is brave and some times revolutionary trying to "kill" cinematic political correctness,pushing the envelopes once more, this time extremely sarcastically with many spoof-like or completely parody elements close to the end. This movie gracefully combines the brief history of art,highly cultural philosophical questions in contrast with killing "innocent" but guilty to the eyes of a murderer or simply a way of amusement. It is constantly trying to remind the true purpose of an artist, what really can be considered great art and trying to teach the art of extreme which Jack is an anthusiast. Through limitness self-references by the director,personal beliefs that are hardly in a society expressed freely especially in this political correct or hypocritical era for cinema. Respecting all forms of art,reminding the multiple ways of undestanding it and giving hints to Verge's true identity which can be easily revealed early on the film ( Hints are given,if you observe closely ), this is not a shocker but a true/deep ironic tribute to firstly art and secondly Lars Von Trier himself as an artist.


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