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The Institute Benjamenta (1996)

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From the directing team of identical twin brothers Timothy Quay and Stephen Quay, Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life focuses on the experiences of Jakob Von Gunten (Mark Rylance), who has come to the titular institute to train to become a manservant. Amidst a series of unorthodox lessons under the instruction of brother and sister Johannes Benjamenta (Gottfried John) and Lisa Benjamenta (Alice Krige), Jakob becomes attracted to Lisa and she to him. As the magnetism between the two of them intensifies, Lisa's health declines more and more, leading Johannes to question Jakob's influence on her. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast

Alice Krige
as Lisa Benjamenta
Mark Rylance
as Jakob von Gunten
Gottfried John
as Johannes Benjamenta
Peter Lovstrom
as Jörgenson
Uri Roodner
as Schilinski
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Critic Reviews for The Institute Benjamenta

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

an abstract, uncanny experience which, like any good servant, is far too tactful just to blurt out its masters' secrets.

May 17, 2010 | Full Review…
Eye for Film

A beautiful, complex work that's more easily enjoyed in hindsight.

August 8, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Lessons of Darkness

A one-of-a-kind education in creative filmmaking.

October 28, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Wired

The film sets a nightmarish tone.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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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