Not only one of Von Trier's masterworks, but one that is consciously at the zenith of a long career, the summary of a significant body of work, which is the house that Lars built. During much of the film I couldn't help but think about its depiction of psychopathy, because I usually object to those people being portrayed as serial killers in cinema, but in this case it's clear the filmmaker and Matt Dillon did their homework on the subject. In professional life I sometimes work with sociopaths and the depiction of obsession, narcissism, clumsiness with interaction that comes more naturally to normal people are all exquisitely well played, and for what it's worth, there are nods to such people as portrayed in prior films e.g. The Silence of the Lambs or Night of the Hunter. This is Dillon's best performance since he was a much younger man in "Rumble Fish." Despite the horrors portrayed (more discreetly than expected, but still harrowing) the movie has a beautiful artistry about it which is irresistible, that in itself being a facet of what is occurring beneath the ostensible story. One of the best of 2018.