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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:

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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

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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

Verge: Why are they always so stupid?
Jack: Who's stupid?
Verge: All the women you killed, strike me as seriously unintelligent.
Jack: I've also killed men.
Verge: But you only talk about the stupid women. Unless you think all women are stupid.
Jack: Well, the stories I've told were selected at random, but...
Verge: You feel superior to women and want to brag. It turns you on, doesn't it Jack?
Jack: No, no. But women are easier, not physically, they're just easier to work with. More cooperative.
Verge: To kill, you mean?
Jack: If you like. Mr. Sophistication...
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Alternate Versions

The director's cut was release in Europe and Canada with a duration of 155 mins. The US censored version is 150 min and are available in Canada and US VOD. See more »

Connections

References The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Kristian Eidnes Andersen
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User Reviews

 
Make no mistake! This is a great movie!!
16 October 2018 | by nick_xotzSee all my reviews

I always am a little skeptical when it comes to Mr Trier, as I have both hated and loved his films in the past. But this time I found myself enjoying this film more than enough. I think that Matt Dillon executes perfectly his role a serial killer with OCD, who likes to rationalize and over-explaining things. In my opinion this a great and funny film which, I'm afraid, many won't agree with me. Go watch it for yourselves to have your won opinion!!


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