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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

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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden

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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Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The film references Lars von Trier's feature film debut The Element of Crime (1984). There is a scene in which the female lead, Kim (Me Me Lai), is first introduced, she is heard speaking the rhyme "The House That Jack Built". Like this film, "The Element of Crime" also concerns a serial killer. 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: 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

Spoofs Dont Look Back (1967) 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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User Reviews

 
If you could consider the word-salad an "Art-movie"
15 December 2018 | by batmanbatkaSee all my reviews

Obviously Lars von Trier is NOT my type of director. I didn't like "Melancholia" either. LvT's prefered "story-telling" tool is the pseudo-intellectual use of symbolism. In "The house that Jack Built" he over-used the so called word-salad: throwing out notions as OCD, Narcissism, trauma etc, plus some random art references hoping that it will impress the viewer's perceptions and it will lead them to their own conclusions and interpretation. lying to them that somewhere there in this mess of a movie there would be some "deep meaning". LOL. IMHO it's an insult to the viewer's intellect. The prevailing IMDB's rating 10/10 makes me believe such an insult might be well deserved. Considering the cinematography, I agree with some of the comments that the "shaking camera makes the viewer dizzy". Awful approach! Definitely unnecessary level of animal&human cruelty. Even for a psychopath movie... Do they still buy this stuff??? Is this STILL trendy? I give the whole 1 star (1/10) only for the clever finish with the song "Hit the road, Jack"


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