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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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Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

$87,008, 15 January 2019
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The House That Jack Built (2018) will make its debut out of competition at the 2018 Cannes Film, seven years after Lars von Trier's infamous "Nazi" comments during the press conference for Melancholia (2011) resulted in his being labeled "persona non grata" and banned from the festival. 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: Albert Speer invented "The Theory of Ruin Value" by examining the Greek and Roman ruins, and constructed his buildings using both weaker and stronger materials so that they, in a thousand years, would appear as aesthetically perfect ruins.
Verge: Which fortunately were smashed to atoms in mere few years after their construction. Hubris is punished by nemesis if I may use an old-fashioned expression.
Jack: But an artist must be cynical and not worry about the welfare of humans or Gods in his art. This talks ...
[...]
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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

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

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Fame
Written by David Bowie, John Lennon, and Carlos Alomar
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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This is one more 10/10 Lars.gem.
12 October 2018 | by petroskaplanidisSee all my reviews

This is one more 10/10 Lars.gem. A deep descent to the psyche of the psychopath, a horror story that makes all the rest look like Disneyland. You unconsciously control your breath and wait for the next shocking image or word. In this story, Bruno 'call me Verge' as Charon shepherds dead Jack through the sewers on the verge of Acheron. On this long journey, serial killer Jack tells Charon about his murders and so we watch. Charon is not impressed, the roar of those millions who suffered and was annihilated by mass murderer leaders, sounds in the Hades underworld and diminish the hubris of this insignificant psychopath. He was an engineer but incapable to design and build his own silly tiny house. He could not select the right material because not any of the ordinary was proper for him. But psychopath Jack is proud for his murders, he succeeded because he was good to this only, the indifference of the rest was his ally, no one paid any attention when he carried the bodies and nobody heard the screams of the suffering. This was the world where Jack lived and unfortunately this is ours. Just one Uma was enough to trigger his psychopathetic passion to cause pain. He was now away from his miserable childhood, when hidden in the tall grass was amazed by the reapers cutting it down. So he started with naive women and ended with men that could manipulate, a common choice for all those fortunately less dangerous everyday psychopaths who live among us. Finally Jack's luck ended and Charon was his last companion. But even in that hell, his arrogance led him believe there is a way out, that he is invincible, because back then he had the right and power to take the lives of the week and the innocent no matter what his motive was.


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