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A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
I don’t hate Michael Haneke or his films. I do hate watching them though. They generate interesting conversation and explore worthwhile themes, but the act of sitting through his movies could hardly be described as a ‘fun time’, in fact, they are often soul-crushingly depressing. Benny’s Video is no different. This was made crystal clear when the film begins with a pig being killed by a cattle gun – Anton Chigurh style. Not just this, but we see the main character watch it on videotape, rewind, then watch again in slow motion.
The issue I have with Benny’s Video however, is that the message of the dehumanizing effect of the media is told in a didactic way, and the second…
Benny's Video continues to deal in the dominant themes of Haneke's career, particularly regarding home invasions of influential outside elements into the otherwise sheltered domesticity aesthetic of the family. Benny's Video is both an early life depiction of unchecked consumer curiosity gone wild, and also loosely at home in an Omen-esque Viennese sub genre where not relating to your children becomes something more ominous.
Technically, there are some lovely moments here. Opening with and repeating the playback of a pivotal moment in a pig slaughter immediately submerges us into the world of a well-to-do Viennese teen, seemingly harmless but obviously and disturbingly entranced by violence. Later, there is an interesting scene when an earlier scene is rewinding within…
This is a much more heavy-handed passive aggressive attack on modern media, especially the TV screen, a theme that i find within the majority of his works, but i prefer it so much more when he's being subtle about it. It appears to me, that his films fluctuate up and down the scale of how in your face they can be with their messages, i for one much prefer the cryptic nature of them as in Cache or Seventh Continent, as compared to Funny Games and Benny's Video.
It's rather soulless, Haneke wants you to see the weaknesses within yourself, to see a vast problem emerging, a difficult feat to force into the viewer, and for me this film was…
Benny’s Video is the second part of Haneke’s “Glaciation Trilogy” (which also includes The Seventh Continent and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) and is primarily concerned with the isolation of youth and our exposure to violence. Though I’m a fan of Haneke’s more recent work, I find a lot of his earlier films to be preachy, sometimes even hectoring, and he and I fundamentally disagree on the issue of violence in cinema. It is therefore with a genuine sense of surprise that I can admit that I quite liked Benny’s Video.
The film follows a 14-year old boy, Benny…
The scene comes in the second act when the mother lets out a chuckle during what is supposed to be a very serious scene..Herein lies Haneke's brilliance of showing how individuals hide behind the facade of normalcy and how media desensitizes the human soul to violence. Not as powerful as The Seventh Continent which it has shades of,still worth a watch.
"and what was it like?"
Haneke has never been served by an irreducible clarity of expression, and this remains his most useless instance of teachable cinema. prescient at the time of its making, the film's insights regarding images of violence and the numbing effect of mediated living are now regrettably self-evident... the film completely fails to support its pivotal moments of ideological purpose, namely the opening sequence and the moment during which "benny's video" is normalized as it abruptly cuts into a banal advertisement.
essentially, this film feels like the movie that Haneke's laziest critics always assume that he's making. and it ends with such an embarrassing mic drop... i think of that horrible cologne ad that Scorsese made, where…
Quiet, still and uncompromising. We have Haneke.
Surprisingly heartfelt with such an ugly underbelly. The exchanges couldn't evoke a tunefork.
If you've ever lied to your parents, this one is a pure beat down.
What parents will do for their kids is insane. Benny's video is such a haunting film.
One of my favourite moments in the film is when Benny's mother operates the camera while they are away in Egypt. She moves round in a circular motion to record the whole vista. Providing an alternative mode of authorship compared to Benny, the relationship between character and film style actually for a moment escapes the postmodern dirth of originality and the real which pervades the film. Motivation is withheld in this film, this film celebrates the aleatory.
I haven't seen all of Michael Haneke's films, but I've seen enough to know that this one isn't my favourite.
Benny's Video is certainly in Haneke's wheelhouse, with a look at how violent media can lead to a desensitization to violence. Unfortunately, compared to some of his other films, Benny's Video is kind of ... ordinary. It doesn't achieve the kind of extremes that are found in films like Funny Games or The Seventh Continent (two of Haneke's films which I did greatly enjoy).
In some ways Benny's Video should be more shocking by how ordinary it is, but how it plays like something that could actually happen. But maybe that's the problem. The film is almost 25 years fold, and the kinds of things that we see portrayed simply aren't that shocking any more. We've been desensitized to this sort of portrayal of violence. Life imitates art.
Denuncia della società delle immagini, della famiglia borghese attenta alle convenzioni sociali e pronta a tutto pur di mantenerle, al vuoto morale che inghiotte e divora, è un film a tesi, quasi atrocemente documentaristico e derivato da fatti reali di cronaca (come gli altri due film, i 71 frammenti e il settimo continente, parte della trilogia glaciale con cui Haneke devastò il cinema austriaco al suo esordio), una mera presa d'atto di quello che, a distanza di due decenni, si è concretizzato con filmati efferati caricati su youtube da adolescenti immuni al dolore altrui e atoni quasi autistici e incapaci di discernere fra giusto e sbagliato.
Part 10 of the Halloween Challenge lite 2.0-2016
Benny's Video(Birth year)
Benny loses his innocence in a rather extreme way. His parents avoid confrontation. Haneke observes.
+ 100% Haneke
+ Arno Frisch's acting
+ Horrifying suspense
- Its all a bit dark :'(
İşlediği cinayeti de geri sarabileceğini sanan, annesi zırıl zırıl ağlarken "ne oldu?" diye sorabilen sosyopat Benny, Funny Games'te de karşımıza çıkacak. Ama bi Michael Pitt olamayacak kanımca.
For almost eight years I've been touting Antonio Campos' AFTERSCHOOL and wondering why he was never able to make a film that great again.
Turns out, it's mostly a remake. Of this 1992 Michael Haneke film. Now I've never been a huge fan of Haneke's work, there's not a single film by the man I can actually say I enjoyed, but this one impressed me to a degree. I still might prefer AFTERSCHOOL.
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