The House That Jack Built couldn’t exactly hold the house at the Cannes Film Festival.
Over 100 people walked out of the premiere of Lars von Trier‘s psychological thriller during the screening on Monday, with many citing its “disgusting” and “torturous” content.
The film stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer honing his craft over the course of 12 murders and, to many critics’ alarm, depicts the mutilation of women and children.
Adding insult to torture, the festival had just lifted the ban on the controversial director — which was implemented in 2011 after he joked that he sympathized with Hitler — so he could screen this new film.
The Cannes program included a warning that appeared next to the film’s schedule times, which read: “Certain scenes are likely to offend the sensitivity of the spectators.”
And offended they were! Ch-ch-check out the NSFW-ish trailer (above) and see the outraged responses, along with a few messages of support (below)!
I’ve never seen anything like this at a film festival. More than 100 people have walked out of Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ which depicts the mutilation of women and children. “It’s disgusting,” one woman said on her way out. #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/GsBGCoyHEG
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 14, 2018
Walked out on LarsvonTrier . Vile movie. Should not have been made. Actors culpable
— Showbiz 411 (@showbiz411) May 14, 2018
Not surprised. Lars has gone too far this time. Guess he will be banned again lol.
People are walking out of the new Lars Von Trier movie. Like they didn’t know exactly what they were getting into.
— Rex Trillerson (@fuelbot) May 14, 2018
not to defend him but nightmarish depictions of abuse and misogyny are pretty much his entire schtick.
— sam (@decarboxy) May 14, 2018
Would U watch this movie, Perezious Readers?
[Image via IFC Films/YouTube.]