The House That Jack Built
directed by Lars von Trier, Denmark/France/Germany/Sweden 2018, 155' (English friendly)
The title character – Jack – is a new character in the pop culture clan of psychopaths, a colleague of Jack the Ripper, Dexter and Hannibal Lecter. The master of world cinema shows over a dozen years in the life of a serial killer—a hellishly intelligent perfectionist, full of contradictions, weaknesses and minor obsessions. Jack is an aesthetic, admirer of painting, architecture, poetry and trips to the heart of nature. He looks at his crimes as at dark works of art. What will his perfect crime look like?
Trier has made many films about good women (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark) – this time, he decided to tell a story about a bad man, drawing on the motifs of Francis Bacon’s paintings, William Blake’s poetry, and Glenn Gould’s music. Through this man of dark aesthete, Lars von Trier ridicules social hypocrisy and exposes the mechanisms of political correctness. The House That Jack Built is provocative, bold, full of visual ideas and is a film that is looking for an answer to the question about the nature of good and evil.