Man Bites Dog (1992)

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Man Bites Dog is a Belgian faux-documentary and high-concept satire of media violence which follows the lethal exploits of Benoit Benoit Poelvoorde, an affable, and very talkative, serial killer. He kills for money, and he kills for pleasure, and he talks all the while about philosophy and the proper technique for weighing a corpse down underwater. He is followed through his slaughter-fest by the filmmakers, Rémy and André (the actual filmmakers, Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel), and the line between reporter and subject becomes blurred pretty quickly. The filmmakers become more and more involved in Benoit's actions, starting with the relatively innocent act of holding a flashlight for him. Eventually, when their funding runs out, Benoit hires them to continue making the film, and soon they are accomplices in a gang rape. While this film has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, its message rings true: the media tend to become part of the stories they report upon as surely as a physicist changes a wave by looking at it.
Rating: NC17
Genre: Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Horror
Directed By: Rémy Belvaux , André Bonzel , Benoît Poelvoorde
Written By: André Bonzel , Benoît Poelvoorde , Rémy Belvaux , André Bonzel , Vincent Tavier , Rémy Belvaux
In Theaters: wide
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Wellspring Media Inc.

Cast

Rémy Belvaux
as Remy (Reporter)
André Bonzel
as Cameraman
Nelly Pappaert
as Ben's Grandmother
Hector Pappaert
as Ben's Grandfather
Jean-Marc Chenut
as Patrick (Sound Man #1)
Alain Oppezzi
as Franco (Sound Man #2)
Vincent Tavier
as Vincent (Sound Man #3)
Rachel Deman
as Mamie Tromblon
André Laime
as Bed-ridden Old Man
Sylviane Godé
as Rape Victim (Martine)
Zoltan Tobolik
as Rape Victim's Husband
Marcel Engels
as Cameraman
Venelin Poikov
as First Postman
Alain François
as Video Reporter
Antoine Chapelot
as Wine Waiter
Hughes Tavier
as Buffet Waiter
Pol Vanderwarren
as Ben's Lawyer
Anne LaGrange
as Journalist
Paul Bottemanne
as Taxi Driver
Irene Gilissen
as Lady on Train
Sabine Tavier
as Madame Pipi
Carlos Miranda
as Night Watchman
Pascal Lebrun
as Featured Victim
Stephanie Aubier
as Featured Victim
Alain Hologne
as Featured Victim
Micheline Hologne
as Featured Victim
Philippe Blasband
as Featured Victim
Aldo Fostier
as Featured Victim
Jean-Pol Cavillot
as Featured Victim
Anny Hologne
as Featured Victim
Elaine Leonard
as Featured Victim
Marie Travier
as Featured Victim
Bruno Belvaux
as Featured Victim
Lucien Belvaux
as Featured Victim
Jean-Claude Maschetti
as Featured Victim
Laurence D'Hondt
as Journalist
Daniel Tursh
as Journalist
Benoît Mariage
as Journalist
Emmanuelle Bada
as Journalist
Stéphane Aubier
as Journalist
Jean-Paul Geets
as Malou's Customer
Clotilde Francois
as Victim in Montage
Steven Artels
as Victim in Montage
Bertrand Tavier
as Victim in Montage
Bob Lens
as Victim in Montage
Josephs Craeynest
as Victim in Montage
Willy Van De Waele
as Victim in Montage
Andre Kuys
as Victim in Montage
Patrick Goisse
as Victim in Montage
Rémy Belvaux
as Remy (Reporter)
Franco Piscopo
as Sound Recordist
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