Director – Lars Von Trier (Denmark) *English Language Film (USA Production)
Runtime – 152mins
USA in the 1970s. Through the eyes of ‘Auteur Enfant Terrible’ Lars Von Trier, We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) over a span of 12 years and introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder as an artwork in onto itself. Meanwhile, the inevitable police intervention looms near, as he is takes greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, subverting the traditional and presenting through a philosophical and occasional humorous lens, a portrait of a serial killer unlike anything we have seen before. Its these boundary pushing films that makes Lars Von Trier a true modern master.