Benny's Video (1992)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1992 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 4,321
For 14-year-old Benny, anything recorded on videotape is inherently better and more real than what he can see with his naked eyes. He is barely noticed by his professional parents and spends most of his time either viewing wild and violent films or looking at the view outside his window through his video camera. One day, on a whim, he invites a girl to his house and coolly murders her while his video camera is rolling. Then he hides the body temporarily in his closet and goes off to a party. The
Jan 1, 1992 Wide
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The second panel in Haneke's trilogy (preceded by Seventh Continent and followed by 71 Fragments) offers a chilling and haunting postmodern look at isolation, alienation and violence, with a critique of mass media effects on actual behavior.
To Benny, and to us, too (at least for the duration of the film) the mediated image - blinkered, manipulable, vicarious - is the 'reality' of choice.
[Makes] arguments that Haneke delivers with frosty menace but, alas, an also typically pedantic, haranguing tenor.
Similar to The Seventh Continent, this film's objective is to analyze and deconstruct the effects rather than senselessly guess their causes
in the end, with a character that repellent and a message so heavy handed, there is no need to commit ourselves to this bitter, merciless film.
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