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Lars von Trier re­turned to the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val on Mon­day fol­low­ing a seven-year ban af­ter he made Hitler jokes at a press con­fer­ence in 2011. Von Trier, pic­tured, was pre­mièring his film, The House that Jack Built, out of com­pe­ti­tion. It stars Matt Dil­lon as a se­rial killer who con­sid­ers his mur­ders to be works of art. Gore was an­tic­i­pated by many of the crit­ics at­tend­ing the screen­ing, but it seems the film de­liv­ered and then some, fea­tur­ing graphic mu­ti­la­tion and count­less mur­ders of both women and chil­dren. View­ers groaned through­out, with one critic es­ti­mat­ing at least 100 peo­ple walked out be­fore the half­way point. Crit­ics tweeted about the film, de­scrib­ing it as “gross, pre­ten­tious, vomi­tive, tor­tur­ous, pa­thetic” and “vile and should not have been made.”

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