HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, THE-Unrated Director's Cut
In anticipation of its theatrical release in December and following a highly controversial festival run (starting in Cannes, where the screening elicited both praise and outrage), the director's cut of this dark and occasionally humorous film, starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Riley Keough, is hitting screens for one night only!
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT takes place in 1970s America. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through five incidents and are introduced to the murders that define his development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is — contrary to all logic — set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way, we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge (Bruno Ganz) — a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers. With Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, Jeremy Davies, Ed Speleers and Yu Ji-tae. DIR/SCR Lars von Trier; SCR Jenle Hallund; PROD Louise Vesth. Denmark/France/Germany/Sweden, 2018, color, 155 min. NOT RATED
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