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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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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:

$38,277, 17 December 2018
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Jack is an engineer who sees himself as an architect. He commits a series of murders in the Pacific Northwest. Matt Dillon also played a character in "There's Something About Mary (1998)" who was pretending to be an architect and was accused of being a serial murderer who operated in the states of Utah and Washington (Pacific Northwest). In both films there is a theme regarding the decomposition of bodies. See more »

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

Quotes

Jack: Some people claim that the atrocities we commit in our fiction are those inner desires which we cannot commit in our controlled civilization, so they're expressed instead through our art. I don't agree. I believe Heaven and Hell are one and the same. The soul belongs to Heaven and the body to Hell.
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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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Written by David Bowie, John Lennon, and Carlos Alomar
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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The House That Lars Built
30 November 2018 | by dmanchonSee all my reviews

This is not a film that everyone will like or understand. The extreme amount of physical violence and cruelty, and the unconventional storytelling vehicle (a conversation between two people over five episodes in the life of a serial killer) are a huge wall against which most of the public will crash into. But, if the spectator manages to embrace it, the movie its really unique and powerful experience.

1. I really liked how the story is told. Five separate episodes explained during a conversation between a killer and a classic ancient roman poet. The extreme violence of the captured episodes contrast with the calm conversation tone and the highbrow nature of it, without being too pretentious (just a little).

2. The victims of the killer shown a high detachment and a very passive attitude, far from trying to portrait a realistic vision of those horrible crimes, later the director reassure himself by citing 'The lamb' poem of William Blake. I appreciate that approach since otherwise the kind of cruelty shown by the killer will be totally unbearable to watch, and helps to focus on the character and not on the actions.

3. Love the editing of the movie and how the director intertwine recollections of the killer with stock material during the conversation excerpts, i found it very entertaining and pleasant to watch.

4. I admire the epilogue, i found it brave and i liked the style choices, but, it is something that probably will put some people out of the movie.

5. Without trying to analyze much the message of the movie, i enjoy the extreme experience, visually its stunning, the acting is amazing, the storytelling really engaging, editing is great, good use of the music, probably length can shortened a bit.

Epilogue: Overall is a movie that sticks with you some time after watch it, and that is basically what i expect in a great movie. To this day is the LVT movie that i like the most.


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