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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.

Director:

Nic Balthazar

Writers:

Nic Balthazar (novel), Rik D'Hiet (advisor on screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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Courage is everything See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

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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Connections

Remade as IRL (2013) See more »

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Pittsburgh Angel
Written by Praga Khan and Oliver Adams
Performed by Praga Khan
Published by BE's Songs
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User Reviews

 
it reaches perfection
2 November 2007 | by lora85See all my reviews

This movie really has it all: it touches the audience in a way that is never transparent but always smart and subtle. A beautiful story that leaves you breathless. It gives a clear image about how people really react to other persons who don't fit in, without trying to impress the audience with unrealistic dialogues. Especially the ending gives a very important message to all of us. I really think that the only goal of Nic Balthazar honestly was: to give that message, nothing less, nothing more. One of the best Belgian movies I have seen, although I'm afraid that through translation it will lose much of its charm, just because the lines are so perfect sometimes!


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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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