The Institute Benjamenta (1996)
Critic Reviews for The Institute Benjamenta
It is a demanding, even forbidding work, but richly rewarding and often surpassingly beautiful.
an abstract, uncanny experience which, like any good servant, is far too tactful just to blurt out its masters' secrets.
A beautiful, complex work that's more easily enjoyed in hindsight.
Audience Reviews for The Institute Benjamenta
Thinking he has no important calling in life, an ambitionless man enrolls in a school that trains servants; once there, he enters into an ambiguous, sexually repressed relationship with the headmistress and her brother. A beautiful looking black and white film that deliberately uses shallow focus and overexposure to tremendous artistic effect, though the sludgy, slow and surreal plot will turn the average moviegoer off.
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