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5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful, wonderful film, 23 Jan 2007
Of all the films I've ever seen, this is close to being the one that most completely blew me away.
I first saw it in my local cinema, and after an initial period of uncertainty as to how good it was going to be, or what *kind* of film it was, I found myself completely mesmerised. There is so much going on beneath the surface here - or perhaps it was going on beneath my surface, and the filmmakers managed somehow to open it up for me, or clean the windows looking onto it. Whatever the inner process was, it was an experience of real depth and beauty - albeit at times a rather disturbing one.
It's very hard to write a review of Institute Benjamenta, because to describe the plot, or try and place it in some context of style is pretty much useless. It won't describe the experience at all. You have to see it. It's one of those rare things that you'd like to give a sixth star to, because it just seems to go beyond the normal boundaries you expect from a film.
I can't critique it or classify it or tell you how & why it's special - I can only try and convey my enthusiasm, and say an anonymous thanks to the people who made it.