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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:

Jenle Hallund (story by), Lars von Trier (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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
Ed Speleers ... Ed - Police officer 2
David Bailie ... S.P.
Ji-tae Yu ... Man 2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Arnold ... Man 1
Cohen Day ... George
Rocco Day ... Grumpy
Jerker Fahlström ... Man 4
Osy Ikhile ... Military man
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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:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | France | Germany | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa que Jack Construiu See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Budget:

€8,700,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

-Von Trier originally developed the idea as a television series, but in February 2016, he announced that it would be a film. See more »

Quotes

Jack: [to Simple] If you feel like screaming, I definitely think that you should.
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Connections

References The Element of Crime (1984) 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 greatest serial killer movie ever made
4 October 2018 | by hulot83See all my reviews

Lars von Trier's "The House That Jack Built" is, in form and structure, very similar to "Nymphomaniac" but takes this new form of cinema to another level; it tells, on one hand, the story of (some of) the murders commited by a brilliant serial killer; on the other hand, the dramatic narrative is again and again mixed with essayistic undertakings, dealing with topics such as hunting, concentration camps, Albert Speer and Goethe. Thirdly, the film also presents itself as a metaphysical, Dantesque portrayal of the main protagonist's inner workings. The way this is done proves that Lars von Trier is the most original thinker in cinema today. This film is a masterpiece. Matt Dillon gives the performance of his career and should be awarded an Academy Award.


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