India  
NewsR.in
> >

Is Shock Value Always a Good Thing? Why Crowds Are Walking Out on Lars von Trier’s Latest Cannes Movie

One News Page Staff Wednesday, 16 May 2018 ()
Is Shock Value Always a Good Thing? Why Crowds Are Walking Out on Lars von Trier’s Latest Cannes Movieby

There are plenty of movies out there which have tested the waters of taste and decency – perhaps one of the best known in recent years is the experimental horror The Human Centipede (which, for the sake of all our stomachs, I won’t discuss in detail here) – and as the medium has continued to evolve, and as our tastes have continued to perhaps open up to more and more heightened levels of horror and bile fascination, there are more than a few films still opening which are offering genuine shock and – in some cases – outright outcry. Lars Von Trier – best known for directing movies such as Antichrist, Dogville and Melancholia – is hardly one to shy away from intense themes and subjecting his characters to deep, disturbing turns of events – and it seems that his latest picture, The House That Jack Built, is causing a very negative stir in Cannes – but was this the point?

The movie, starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, centers around the ‘career’ of a serial killer – and, as such, in typical Von Trier fashion, it doesn’t shy away from graphic violence and scenes of an intensely barbaric nature. Reportedly, around 100 people left the recent Cannes debut of the movie, whereafter the picture was referred to variously as being ‘vile’, ‘pathetic’, ‘vomitous’, ‘disgusting’ and more besides. It’s considered to be a dark comedy of the darkest kind – and the brutality involved has turned more than a few stomachs. Viewers invariably advised various media sources that the movie was ‘not entertainment’ – as various characters, including children, are depicted as having been claimed by Von Trier’s fictional killer. Is this a line too far for most moviegoers?

'The House That Jack Built' trailer
'The House That Jack Built' trailer

Cannes Film Festival had previously banned Von Trier from attending following jokes he made regarding Nazi sympathy – with the official board referring to his comments in 2011 as being “unacceptable, intolerable and contrary to the ideals of humanity”. Cannes overturned the ban, however, last month – though if reception to his latest film is anything to go by, many may not have seen the worth in doing so. Amidst all the controversy, too, the movie is not faring too well with critics such as the Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin referring to The House That Jack Built as being ‘two and a half hours of self-reflexive torture porn with an entire McDonald’s warehouse of chips on its shoulder, and a handful of genuinely provocative ideas which, exasperatingly, go nowhere much’. The movie is expected to launch widely as of this August – though quite how the wider public will perceive it remains a whole other factor.

15
shares
Share on
Facebook
Share on
Twitter
Post on 
Reddit
Share by
Email
 

You Might Like


Tweets about this

OneNewsPage_US

One News Page (U.S.) Is Shock Value Always a Good Thing? Why Crowds Are Walking Out on #LarsVonTrier’s Latest Cannes Movie… https://t.co/kEg7gzBwmA 1 week ago

One_News_Page

One News Page Is Shock Value Always a Good Thing? Why Crowds Are Walking Out on #LarsVonTrier’s Latest Cannes Movie… https://t.co/6Hc4gpuAQX 1 week ago


Other recent news in Entertainment

'Mera Raja Aayega': Pakeezah actress GEETA KAPOOR's last words for her son who hasn't turned up yet for her last ritesWHITNEY HOUSTON's family slams Kanye West for invading their privacy with use of drug-covered bathroom photo
Superstar Mahesh Babu finds a fan in IPL sensation RASHID KHANNext James Bond film will give DANIEL CRAIG a massive payday
BLAKE LIVELY drove husband to hospital during childbirthShraddha Kapoor to RESUME training for Amole Gupte's Saina Nehwal biopic, work on Haryanvi dialect

Recent related videos

News video: Two Adorable Cats Working Out

▶ Two Adorable Cats Working Out 00:17

Cats are awesome, and that’s the fact! We love them because of funny attitude they have, playfulness. Sometimes we even love them because of their sweet grumpiness. We know that cats usually..
Source: Rumble -

News video: A Woman Freaks Out By A Man Hiding In Her Sheets

▶ A Woman Freaks Out By A Man Hiding In Her Sheets 00:09

If something can really make me laugh out loud is a funny video with a good old school prank like the one in this video! It’s such an amazing classic that you should check it out, even if you..
Source: Rumble -

News video:

▶  02:16

An elderly widower who was diagnosed with dementia after his wife was hit by a car said discovering the latest technology has given him a new lease of life. David Stace said he will never forget the..
Source: PA - Press Association STUDIO -

News video: Hundreds Of People Walk Out Of Lars Von Trier's Premier Screening

▶ Hundreds Of People Walk Out Of Lars Von Trier's Premier Screening 00:41

Seven years after being banned by the Cannes Film Festival, Lars von Trier again caused a stir. The Danish director’s new film The House that Jack Built premiered on Monday night.According to Variety..
Source: Wochit Entertainment -

News video: Cannes Day 9: Lars Von Trier Responds to Criticism

▶ Cannes Day 9: Lars Von Trier Responds to Criticism 00:46

There are few good times left to be had at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Lars Von Trier responded after his graphic new film inspired mass walkouts this week. His latest film, The House That Jack..
Source: Wochit -

News video: Von Trier's slasher film Cannes comeback

▶ Von Trier's slasher film Cannes comeback 02:17

Lars Von Trier receives a standing ovation at Cannes seven years after being thrown out of the festival, returning with horror comedy 'The House That Jack Built'. Rough cut (No reporter narration).
Source: Rumble -

News video: Von Trier's slasher film Cannes comeback

▶ Von Trier's slasher film Cannes comeback 02:17

Lars Von Trier receives a standing ovation at Cannes seven years after being thrown out of the festival, returning with horror comedy 'The House That Jack Built'. Rough cut (No reporter..
Source: Entertainment Video Online- Holl -

News video: Copy of Lars Von Trier's New Film Sparks Outrage, Walkouts At Cannes Film Festival

▶ Copy of Lars Von Trier's New Film Sparks Outrage, Walkouts At Cannes Film Festival 00:44

More than 100 people reportedly walked out of the premiere of Lars Von Trier's new movie 'The House That Jack Built' on Monday night (14.05.18). The 62-year-old director has only just returned to the..
Source: Wochit -

•More original news reports from newsR
Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 newsR / One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter