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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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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)

Gross USA:

$172,131, 28 November 2018
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Lars von Trier's fourth film to be distributed in America by IFC Films, following Manderlay (2005), Direktøren for det hele (2006) and Antichrist (2009). See more »

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

Quotes

Jack: Nobody wants to help!
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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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Bold, fascinating, and unforgettable.
29 November 2018 | by irobrandallSee all my reviews

I just got back from seeing the directors cut of The House that Jack Built, and man, it was quite the experience. First and foremost, if you don't have a strong stomach for violence and generally aggressive behavior then this probably isn't going to be for you, however I'm not sure how much of what I saw will be in the rated R cut. This is a nasty movie, about a nasty man. It is quite graphic in some scenes, though none of the violence ever felt out of place or just there to shock. The acting by everyone involved is top-notch, the writing and direction is absolutely fantastic, as well. This movie can be surprisingly funny, from time to time. The cinematography was very well done, although some scenes are less memorable than others due to not being as unique as they could have been. There is a review here on IMdB who states this movie had no meaning, and also says they didn't even watch the whole movie. I'd definitely suggest getting through to the end and making your own decision on that. All in all, if you're a fan of artsy movies, underground horror, true crime, or extreme cinema in general I highly suggest seeking this one out.


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