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Benny's Video (1992)

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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Connections

Features The Toxic Avenger (1984) See more »

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Benny's Video: Shocking, Horrifying, and Utterly Compelling
29 March 2010 | by imagikingSee all my reviews

The second film from the Austrian auteur Michael Haneke, Benny's Video is another look at the director's vision of our modern world and the societal problems he sees as rife within it.

Benny's Video shows us a short period in the life of the eponymous character. Obsessed with visual images and that which he captures on camera, Benny's eye is caught by a girl he sees at his local video shop. He invites her to his house one day while his parents are away, and shows her his favourite video: a pig being slaughtered on his uncle's farm. What follows is Haneke's take on the accustomisation of mankind to horrendous violence and the true capability of human cruelty.

In many ways, not least of all Haneke's direct statement, Benny's Video acts as a spiritual successor to the earlier Der Siebente Kontinent, tackling much of the same thematic material and issues of morality. Like its predecessor, it highlights its director's message in a shocking, horrifying, and utterly compelling manner. Benny is the typical teenage boy, revelling in the thrill of violence and bloodshed. His terrifying calmness around such terrible things as well as his peaceful perversity create an enigmatic character, but a realistic one. As with Der Siebente Kontinent, the placing of the camera is key to this film, the occurrence of the main event slightly out of view an extremely important element. The film's momentum lies in the performance of Arno Frisch, who manages to perfectly portray the icy Benny with a calculated complexity. Strong support comes from Angela Winkler and Ulrich Mühe as the parents, protective but no less horrified as we.

Dark, disturbing and engaging, in Benny's Video Haneke again shows us the flaws of our species, effectively having us question what we never thought to before. A powerful movie, masterfully shot and terrifically acted, it really must be seen.


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