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Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 26 September 2007 (Belgium)
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

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Moeder
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Ben
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Jonas
Gilles De Schryver ...
Coppola (as Gilles De Schrijver)
Bavo Smets ...
Katrien Pierlet ...
Kleuterjuf
Rebecca Lenaerts ...
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Desmet
Titus De Voogdt ...
Bogaert
Pol Goossen ...
Vader
Michel Bauwens ...
Oorarts
Koen De Sutter ...
Oogarts
Peter De Graef ...
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An Van Gijsegem ...
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Jakob Beks ...
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Ben is different. His life is a universe to itself, where he plays his favorite on line computer game Archlord avidly, trying hard to train himself for the real world he lives in. The harsh world of a technical school is for him a daily kind of hell. As the horror of being a daily subject to bullying grows, Ben devises a plan. Then Scarlite comes into his life, the girl he has met in his on-line game. That wasn't part of the plan... Written by Peter Bouckaert

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Ben X - A Fase Final  »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

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$1,949 (USA) (28 November 2008)

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$3,912 (USA) (28 November 2008)
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Cesar De Sutter, the little boy who plays Ben's little brother, is in fact the youngest son of Marijke Pinoy, the woman who plays Ben's mother. On top of that, he has a mild form of autism. See more »

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Ben: [voiceover] It's hard to explain. It's hard to explain myself. But I never tell lies. Everything I say is true, even when I don't say a thing.
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Glad I'm Not God
Written by Praga Khan and CS Johansen
Performed by Lords of Acid
Published by BE's Songs
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Ben X --> Avant Premiere Metropolis Belgium
21 September 2007 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Yesterday evening (20/09), I went to an avant premiere of Ben X. The cast (Greg Timmermans, Marijke Pinoy and Laura Verlinden) and director Nic Balthazar were also there and gave a short explanation about the movie and their experience making it.

I had multiple reasons to go see this film, First of all, I like the idea of using the gaming community (which is so common among us youngsters these days ) to illustrate ones need to escape the real world and enter their own. Secondly, I was curious about the performance of Greg Timmermans as Ben. I didn't know it was his first movie until he himself said it, moments before it began. And finally, the movie became very famous when winning at the World Filmfestival in Montreal.

Let me just say that this movie deserves every praise it got and will get. From beginning until end, you are moved by the world of Ben. His relation to his parents, "friends" , and the world itself.

He explains his feelings through his Gaming alter ego BenX in the game ArchLord, why he is who he is.

Everyone was touched, seeing this movie and we gave it a standing ovation during the credits.

So go see this movie if you can, it's definitely worth it and you won't be disappointed.

Greetings Rafke

P.S. : You don't have to be a "gamer" of just know a lot about gaming to understand this movie... everything is explained.


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