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Man Bites Dog

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1992
  • Rémy Belvaux
  • 92 mins
  • 18

Summary

Controversial satirical black comedy starring Benoît Poelvoorde. A documentary crew embarks on a project to record the exploits of a serial killer, who relishes the chance to expound on his gruesome craft. But as the film-makers get closer to their subject, they themselves run the risk of becoming implicated in his crimes.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A prize winner at Cannes, this searing satire caused a storm of protest on its original release. Were its co-directors exposing our lust for media sensationalism? Or were they merely getting away with explicit scenes of rape and slaughter in the name of social commentary? Many will bridle at the graphic imagery, while others will resent the cockiness of the approach as documentarists André Bonzel and Rémy Belvaux play an increasingly active role in the crimes of serial killer Benoît Poelvoorde. Yet this is an undeniably bold contribution to the debate on screen violence and the responsibilities of both film-makers and audiences.

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Credits

Cast

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BenBenoît Poelvoorde
ReporterRémy Belvaux
CameramanAndré Bonzel
Ben's motherJacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert
Ben's grandmotherNelly Pappaert
Ben's grandfatherHector Pappaert
JennyJenny Drye
MalouMalou Madou

Crew

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DirectorRémy Belvaux
DirectorAndré Bonzel
DirectorBenoît Poelvoorde

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Pictures
Released on
1993-01-15
Languages
French
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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