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It’s hard to avoid spoilers (beware, they’re coming in this article) when digging into what enraged people in Lars von Trier‘s The House That Jack Built. It’s been reported that hundreds walked out of the Cannes World Premiere following a scene with a child’s murder and their mutilation. Now, we’re learning that there’s also graphic animal mutilation, which is actually being defended by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an American).
In the film, Matt Dillon plays a serial killer who views each of his murders as a work of art. Allegedly there’s a sequence in which he mutilates a duck, while another unexplained scene involves a tiger. Here’s what PETA had to say:
“Following numerous calls about a scene in Lars von Trier’s film The House That Jack Built in which a young child uses a pair of pliers to cut a duckling’s leg off, PETA has confirmed that the “leg” was created using movie magic and silicone parts,” PETA’s Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement emailed to Bloody Disgusting. “While depictions of gratuitous violence like this may leave viewers sickened, it’s true that serial killers, like the character in the film, often get their start by first torturing animals, making the scene all the more realistic and disturbing. PETA is also happy to report that the images of tigers in the movie were from stock footage, yet again proving that there’s no need to use live wild animals in productions, thanks to the many humane alternatives being embraced by filmmakers today.”
I think this is interesting because an animal protection group recognizes that The House That Jack Built is just a movie, but many critics can’t seem to draw the distinction. Obviously, it’s hard to defend a movie having yet seen it, but we’re sure to have some fun discussions upon its release later this year.