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Lars Von Trier film prompts mass walkouts at Cannes

Press Trust of India  |  Cannes 

Danish Lars Von Trier's much-anticipated "The House That Jack Built" was met with mass walkouts during its premiere at the Festival.

The blackly comic thriller, which stars and Uma Thurman, follows the murder spree of a serial killer over the course of several decades.

According to the Guardian, in the gruesome film, which the Danish has called his most violent to date, Dillon stars as Jack, a serial killer with more than 60 deaths to his name. He relishes bloodshed and plots horrifying ways to inflict death. And while his character has equal interest in killing men and women, it's von Trier's female characters who are slaughtered with the most gusto.

"Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive. Torturous. Pathetic", wrote one attendee on

described it as a "vile movie" that "should not have been made".

"He mutilates Riley Keough, he mutilates children... and we are all there in formal dress expected to watch it?" another viewer told Vulture's

Al Jazeera's also left the screening in the middle, saying that "seeing children being shot and killed is not art or entertainment".

Neither Thurman, who is the first to get murdered in the film, nor Riley Keough, whose death prompted more than a dozen walkouts from the premiere, came to to promote the film.

This was von Trier's first trip back to since he debuted "Melancholia" in 2011. The was banned in the following years after joking about "sympathizing with Hitler"

Talking about "The House That Jack Built", Cannes director had earlier said that the film featured "a subject so controversial that it could only appear in an out-of-competition slot at the festival.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 16:40 IST