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New on Netflix today: One of the biggest scandal films of the last 10 years - with FSK 18, of course
To make it clear how scandalous the serial killer film "The House That Jack Built", available on Netflix today, really is, here is a little anecdote from the Cannes Film Festival:
In contrast to the Berlinale, for example, you can't just buy tickets for the performances in Cannes. Instead, the offer is aimed almost exclusively at journalists, filmmakers and industry representatives - and they actually know what to expect from a new Lars von Trier film (“Antichrist”)!
Nevertheless, in the run-up to the world premiere of "The House That Jack Built", the festival organizers felt compelled to point out the cruel nature of the film once again - and so it said on our tickets at the time:
Warning: Certain scenes are likely to offend the audience's delicacy.
A novelty in Cannes history. And what's more, it's not as if the horror would be over anytime soon. On the contrary: "The House That Jack Built" takes an impressive two and a half hours ...
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This is "The House That Jack Built"
The plot: The eponymous home builder Jack (full pot of psycho: Matt Dillon) has given himself the stage name Mr. Sophistication and has already committed more than 60 murders. At the beginning of the film we hear off-screen how Jack announces to an unknown man (Bruno Ganz) that he will tell him about five randomly selected incidents from his serial killer career. These five stories also correspond to the five chapters into which the film is divided ...
The atrocities: The first chapter, in which Jack kills a nameless woman with a flat tire (Uma Thurman), is like a complete serial killer film in ten-minute fast-forward. But anyone who feels certain that "The House That Jack Built" is obviously just a "normal" serial killer film will be taught better in the third chapter at the latest, when Jack chases a single mother and her two young children in the most cynical way imaginable.
In the most controversial episode, Lars von Trier reacts aggressively to the accusation that his films are misogynistic - and deliberately stages a female victim as "as stupid as a doorknob" and has Jack cut off the woman's breasts. The actress Riley Keough ("The Devil All The Time") even bears the role name "Simple".
And if you get through it all, the ultimate provocation awaits you when Lars von Trier whistles about all genre conventions in the finale and instead fires off a Catholic-metaphysical finale with an operetta-like appearance ...
Should you watch the movie on Netflix?
That “The House That Jack Built” divides its audience would be a gross understatement. But it's definitely a film that fuels discussions and doesn't let you go so easily. In the end, we gave the Netflix newcomer the (perhaps a little cowardly) rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Our conclusion: Is “The House That Jack Built” brilliant in a petulant way, a flat pubescent provocation or the relentless self-analysis of a director with a whole host of problems? Probably a little bit of everything.
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