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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.

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Lars von Trier

Writers:

Lars von Trier (screenplay), Lars von Trier (story) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence/sadistic behavior, grisly images, language, and nudity. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Denmark | France | Sweden | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House That Jack Built See more »

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Lars von Trier explains the origins of this film as follows: "The House That Jack Built (2018) celebrates the idea that life is evil and soulless, which is sadly proven by the recent rise of the Homo trumpus - the rat king." [from 'Lars von Trier inspired by Donald Trump for new serial-killer film', The Guardian, Feb. 14, 2017] See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits, "Miscellaneons Crew" can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Jack: All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Simple back together again.
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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 »

Connections

Features Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hit the road Jack
Performed by David Johansen
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User Reviews

 
Murder as Art
29 November 2018 | by jordans1877See all my reviews

I just saw the "one night only" screening of THTJB, and it's surprisingly good. All the press about the outrageous violence is overstated. There's blood and a scene that verges on torture porn, but the levels of violence and gore are far worse in Nymphomanic and Antichrist.

LvT winks and nods. He gives us satire. Murder as art. Architecture and engineering. Uma Thurman with a broken Jack. The jack as a weapon. Blood. Frozen pizza. Glenn Gould. "Stupid" women. Stupid cops. OCD. Luck and fate. Photography. Family. MAGA hats. Guns. A picnic. Predator and prey. Murder as art (but Verge isn't buying it). The sound of wading in water. Nazis. Jacqueline (the feminine Jack). Misogyny. In America no on can hear you scream. Full Metal Jacket. Antiquity. Hell.

I'm curious to see the R rated version of the film because I think it can benefit from some editing. Matt Dillon is fine, sometimes great. The writing struggles at times. But for once there's another LvT film I can't wait to see again.


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