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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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... Moeder
... Ben
... Jonas
... Coppola (as Gilles De Schrijver)
Bavo Smets ... Ben - 6 jaar
Katrien Pierlet ... Kleuterjuf
Rebecca Lenaerts ... Opvoedster
... Desmet
... Bogaert
Pol Goossen ... Vader
Michel Bauwens ... Oorarts
Koen De Sutter ... Oogarts
... Psychiater
An Van Gijsegem ... Maaike
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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Drama | Thriller

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26 September 2007 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Ben X, o distaktikos iroas  »

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,949, 28 November 2008, Limited Release

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$3,912, 30 November 2008
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Belgium's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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[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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Insanity
Written by Praga Khan and Oliver Adams
Performed by Praga Khan
Published by BE's Songs
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interesting film about a modern phenomenon
7 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie at the Festival in Montréal. I enjoyed it a lot. Some people really hated it. It's great to see a movie like this coming from Europe. The soundtrack was excellent and the acting by Greg Timmermans was superb. The Movie asks many important questions about our time and what it means to be caught in two "realities".

The director knows how to pull off an intense portrayal of a life between reality and fantasy. The visual effects were a bit unconvincing at times but I accepted that because the storyline kept me interested.

The movie won the big prize in Montréal, so I'll look out for this director in the future.

7 out of 10


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