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Benny's Video [DVD]

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  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UEGZBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,695 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke s disturbing film portrays the alienation of a young boy, whose experience of the world is refracted through the lens of his video camera and his television screen. Arno Frisch, later to play one of the psychopathic young men in Funny Games, plays the 14 year-old Benny, who brings a girl home to his parents empty apartment where he commits a shocking act of casual violence. As with his later Funny Games , Haneke poses provocative and challenging questions about voyeurism and the relationship between violence real and imagined. Extras: Theatrical trailer/ interview with Michael Haneke

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 828321 on 17 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
The second of Haneke's blued out so called 'emotional glaciation' films, Benny's Video explores the emotional detachment of Benny a spoiled Austrian teen isolated from the family and society he finds himself further and further detached from.

Watching the world through television, Benny, even though living above the city with fantastic views draws his blinds and chooses to observe the city through rooftop CCTV. His connection with the world comes from News, television and through violent video. One video in particular, a home made shot of his family stun-gunning a pig for slaughter is viewed over and over again by Benny, often rewinding the video so that the death shot can be replayed in slow motion.

Benny's interactions in the film are awkward and he doesn't speak to his parents. A typical teen you may think. Benny upon returning to a video store which he visits regularly notices a girl at the window, who he has seen before. He awkwardly tries to communicate with the girl and they end up back at his house where Benny's behaviour and actions seem even more awkward and unusual. Benny shows the girl the video of the pig slaughter and then shows that he stole the stun gun. A clumsy moment apparently of idiocy sees Benny fire the weapon at the girl which then results in her death.

The film centres around Benny's character reactions and of his family's reaction to the death of the girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 April 2012
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The world though Benny's video camera is a disjointed, skewed and dangerous one. Played back through his VCR, along with the countless video nasties he seems to be able to rent without his age (14) being questioned from his local video rental store, that distortion is multiplied indefinitely.

At times, this film is repulsive and sickening, as we start with a pig that the family want to slaughter for meat is filmed having a bolt shot through its head. "It's only a pig", Benny says, as he rewinds, again and again and repeats the animal's death and subsequent squirming in slo-mo.

His parents are involved in the travel business and go away whilst Benny stays at home with all his high-tech gizmos, all that his parents had bought for him, presumably to make him happy. Getting a girl into this ivory tower of his, he plays her the pig vid and then shows the instrument used on the animal that he had stolen for a souvenir. In a game of dare, she gets shot with it and this is where it all goes horribly strange and ugly. Most folks - all folks, actually - would phone for an ambulance. He doesn't, he re-loads it with bolts and does so again and again. We see a TV with this being filmed, with only the periphery showing. He then films himself streaking her blood on his naked body.

I hope that this hasn't spoiled things too much but the main thrust of the film is the aftermath of all this. Parents come home, Benny gets a skinhead haircut and then replays the vids of the "accident" over and again, just when the parents are going past the open door of his room.

What we make of Haneke's matter of fact portrayal of the parents colluding to and discussing what to do with her body is one of open debate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thetruthshallsetyefree on 23 April 2012
Format: DVD
As with most of Haneke's brilliant work, the viewer is transported right inside the world of the characters, which is a very dark place in this case.

This is always a thought provoking and highly entertaining experience and in the case of Benny's Video quite overwhelming at times.

The difficult viewing is well worth it though because events like this do happen in the real world and it is interesting to consider what you would do if you found yourself in some way involved in a similar situation.

Perhaps that is always Haneke's intention - to hold a mirror up for us to peer into - regardless of whether or not we like what we see.
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