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Ben X (2007)

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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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7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

€1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,949, 28 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,912, 30 November 2008
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Production Co:

MMG Film & TV Production See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title Ben X is the character's name, but when spoken quickly in Dutch, you get Benniks, meaning: I am nothing. 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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Svefn-G-Englar
Written by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
With kind permission of FatCat Records
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This movie makes a thing visible, you even can't picture in your imagination
29 April 2008 | by Lundegaard-1See all my reviews

I have to admit that there the last years are a lot of small countries in Europe that embarrass me about the film culture of my own country (Germany), that only does the same formats in just new colors. This time it hit me very hard with this movie from Belgium. What a deep message about social act of mankind…how sad…how strong. To put the whole thing in the frame of a computer game, worked out perfect to describe the two worlds in one. What an important share for making autism visible for the world. The actors are great. Greg Timmermans first movie appearance is worth an Oscar and even that the girl (played by Laura Verlinden) is so beautiful, the taste of reality in this movie is not lost.


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