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Ben X (2007)

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

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Nic Balthazar

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Nic Balthazar (novel), Rik D'Hiet (advisor on screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marijke Pinoy ... Moeder
Greg Timmermans ... Ben
Cesar De Sutter ... Jonas
Gilles De Schryver ... Coppola (as Gilles De Schrijver)
Bavo Smets Bavo Smets ... Ben - 6 jaar
Katrien Pierlet Katrien Pierlet ... Kleuterjuf
Rebecca Lenaerts Rebecca Lenaerts ... Opvoedster
Maarten Claeyssens Maarten Claeyssens ... Desmet
Titus De Voogdt ... Bogaert
Pol Goossen Pol Goossen ... Vader
Michel Bauwens Michel Bauwens ... Oorarts
Koen De Sutter Koen De Sutter ... Oogarts
Peter De Graef ... Psychiater
An Van Gijsegem An Van Gijsegem ... Maaike
Jakob Beks Jakob Beks ... Leraar metaal
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben X, o distaktikos iroas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$904, 26 October 2008

Gross USA:

$1,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,744,414
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in the movie is the real life game, Archlord. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Remade as IRL (2013) See more »

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Lonesome Zorro
Written by Paul Powell, Arno (as Arno Hintjens) and Filip Moortgat
Performed by Arno
Published by EMI Virgin Music Publishing France & EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
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Must-see smart film about something that touched most of us
24 May 2009 | by Quebec_DragonSee all my reviews

For me, it was probably the best movie I've seen about bullying and adapting to modern society when you don't fit the mold, when you're not particularly socially adept. It's not just about autism, everybody should see this, particularly those who have been ostracized in school for whatever reason, especially gaming geeks. Mostly because of the incredible performance by the lead actor (but also because of how well it was filmed), I totally felt and rooted for him. I quite enjoyed the gaming background of Ben although it didn't feel completely believable. No one with a gaming character would just stand there without fighting back. In my book, it's a must-see if you can find it.

9 out of 10.


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