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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.

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writer:

Michael Haneke
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arno Frisch ... Benny
Angela Winkler ... Mutter
Ulrich Mühe ... Vater
Ingrid Stassner Ingrid Stassner ... Mädchen
Stephanie Brehme Stephanie Brehme ... Evi
Stefan Polasek Stefan Polasek ... Ricci
Christian Pundy Christian Pundy
Max Berner Max Berner
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller
Shelley Kästner Shelley Kästner
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Austria | Switzerland

Language:

German | English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

11 February 1993 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Bennys video See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Second part of Michael Haneke's "Glaciation Trilogy" also including Der siebente Kontinent (1989) and 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (1994). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[to Benny]
Vater: You mustn't lie. Is that clear? You can't afford to.
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Cold eye of the camera
13 November 2009 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

A relentlessly humourless, quietly accusing and sad portrait of the modern bourgeoisie. Benny is a normal teenager. That's a very important thing to acknowledge, throughout the film. His monosyllabism and deadpan, expression-void face are familiar to us. Haneke is clearly tying this (and the rather muted content of his life, not to mention the drab palette of the production design) to his parents emotional absence and the substitute excitement he gets from media - videos and music.

So the story turns in a violent moment although Benny's attempts to assimilate his actions are dysfunctional (he can't bring himself to speak to his friends about it and largely carries on as normal). Seen in these terms the terse performance of Arno Frisch is ideal for Haneke, super acting. Ulrich Mühe's father is also a fine understated study of an intelligent adult boxed in by incomprehension. Angela Winkler as Benny's mother really comes into her own during a brief trip to Egypt, the one moment of respite in the film, where the cracks of despair are almost a relief from the stifling focus on the second hand image.

The film rotates about two short moments - the pivotal violent act and Benny's father's question to the boy about it 'Why did you do it?' 'I wanted to know what it would feel like'. Classically for Haneke, both act and response are rather equivocal although we understand that the boy's social disassociation within a complacent, bourgeois lifestyle has germinated catastrophe. A well-made, strongly moral but cheerless film. 7/10


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