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    Cannes Shocked as Von Trier Shows 'Direct FU to Climate of Sexual Misconduct'

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    Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier marked his return to the Cannes Film Festival after a six-year absence with a movie that prompted mass walkouts among a disturbed audience.

    Over 100 people left early from the screening of "The House That Jack Built," a movie by Lars Von Trier about the exploits of a serial killer, at Cannes in apparent disgust over the feature’s content.

    One of the people who left the screening described the movie as “vomitive,” “torturous” and “pathetic,” while Hollywood Reporter called it "a direct FU to the current climate of reckoning over gender bias and sexual misconduct."

    ​The critics’ sentiments were echoed by many social network users who also appeared disgusted by Von Trier’s work, or criticized the director himself for his alleged sexual misconduct.

    ​Some people, however, reacted more calmly, discussing the merits and flaws of Von Trier’s works, commenting on his trademark provocative style.

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