Il prossimo film in lingua originale è THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, in programma al Cinema Centrale lunedì 4, martedì 5 e mercoledì 6 ore 20.30. .
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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is a 2018 psychological horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Matt Dillon in the title role of Jack. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, marking von Trier’s return to the festival after more than six years. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and sometimes humorous tale.

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer with some artistic disposition, over the course of 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. state of Washington. We are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer, who has a penchant for murdering women and children. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Throughout the film he has side conversations with Verge in between the depictions of the incidents, most of which revolve around discussion of philosophy, ethics or Jack’s view of the world. The strange relationship and voyage of Jack and his guide Verge (Bruno Ganz), who is actually the poet Virgil and is guiding Jack through Hell, are not only reminiscent of Dante Alighieri’s “La Divina Commedia”, but it also features elements from Goethe’s “Faust”, where the characters Mephistopheles and Faust travel through the world beyond the laws of physics and investigate humanity.

Of all the victims Jack takes, the one that apparently stuck the most with people is a duckling that’s mutilated by the killer in his childhood. The scene was done with the help of special effects, and the duckling was not harmed. Despite this, there was considerable audience backlash toward this scene, but PETA has defended the film, praising its accurate portrayal of the link between adolescent animal abuse and psychopathy. Animal cruelty is actually known to be a common trait among serial murderers, especially when they are young.