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The House that Jack Built - © Zentropa - Christian Geisnae

The House that Jack Built

A Feature film by Lars Von Trier

Produced by Slot Machine

Release in France : 17/10/2018


    THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. 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 mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Slot Machine

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    Foreign production companies :

    Zentropa Production, Film i Väst

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    Full credits (13)

    Assistant Director :

    Anders Refn

    Screenwriter :

    Lars Von Trier

    Director of Photography :

    Manuel Alberto Claro

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Production Designer :

    Simone Grau

    Visual effects :

    Peter Hjorth

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    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Thriller

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    Coproducer countries :

    Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 35 min

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    Rating restrictions :

    Under 16

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    News (3)

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