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Benny's Video (1992)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 11 February 1993 (Norway)
A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.

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Benny
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Ingrid Stassner ...
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Christian Pundy
Max Berner
Hanspeter Müller
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A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.

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Film debut of Arno Frisch, best known for his performance in Michael Haneke's Funny Games (1997). See more »

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When Benny leaves the phone booth in Egypt, the cameraman is visible in multiple window reflections. See more »

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[to Benny]
Vater: You mustn't lie. Is that clear? You can't afford to.
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Should it be rated as a movie or as a Michael Haneke work?
6 March 2004 | by (Oporto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

If it is supposed to be a Haneke film, it does have a couple of pitfalls. It is not Haneke's best, perhaps because maybe he felt the pressure to top Der Siebente Kontinent. As someone said previously, it is rather heavyweight towards the end.

As a film without regarding who directed it, it is very good. It provides you with a raw documentary vision of a boy and his voyeuristic trend towards violence. It is rather simple yet, an amazing idea. Benny could be the boy living next door and, in fact, he is. He is not frightning on a "I know what you did last Summer" fashion. He is _truly_ frightning because he is a normal kid. And I do know a few like him. The ones I know never actually murdered anyone but, perhaps they simply didn't do it because they are afraid. Benny hasn't come to terms with that moral feeling yet and perhaps he never will.

On a metaphorical sense, it is the best portrait (along with Der Siebente Kontinent) of present day Austria, at least the Austria I see at some September rainy Vienna weekends...


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