Benny's Video

  • 15
  • Michael Haneke (1992)
  • Austria / Swi (SUB)
  • 105 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The desensitising nature of popular culture is a theme that recurs throughout most of Michael Haneke's films, but rarely has it been more chillingly debated than in this almost nonchalant study of dysfunction and death. Technically, the tactic of viewing the world through a camcorder lens may not be original. But the dispassionate way in which Arno Frisch - a spoiled but neglected teenager who subsists on violent movies - murders the stranger he has lured to the family home is as stupefyingly horrific as the callous passivity with which his parents learn of the crime. It's a subtly disturbing experience and much less calculating than Haneke's later movies.

Plot Summary

Drama directed by Michael Haneke, starring Arno Frisch. 14-year-old Benny spends most of his time alone in his room watching violent videos and his own disturbing home movies, with the violence he consumes threatening to spill over into real life.

Cast and crew

Cast

Benny
Arno Frisch
Mother
Angela Winkler
Father
Ulrich Mühe
Young girl
Ingrid Stassner

Crew

Director
Michael Haneke

Other Information

Language: 
German +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
ICA Projects Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Tartan
Categories
Drama

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