The House That Jack Built
“Just don’t believe you will tell me anything I haven’t already heard,” Verge (Bruno Ganz)
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is a messy 152-minute serial killer film set over 12 years. The recent movies of director Lars von Trier have become annoyingly attention-seeking in their depiction of violence and sex. Where is a semblance of the humanism of BREAKING THE WAVES (1996) or the wit of THE BOSS OF IT ALL (2006)? Contrast directors Michael Haneke in FUNNY GAMES (1997/2007) or Crag S. Zahler in BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (2017), where brutality has a point as well as a potency.
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