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Benny's Video (1992)

Posted : 2 years, 8 months ago on 27 January 2012 10:22

Second part of Haneke's trilogy on violence in modern society, after "The Seventh Continent" (1989) and immediately prior to "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance" (1994). "Benny's Video" (1992) is another twist, also devastating in the dissection of the welfare society. For the most unsettling film is Austrian director, serving radical situations, limit, raises questions that are not closed.

After an event of extreme gravity of a criminal act, we see the author, minor, that seems to have any consciousness of their responsibility in it. His father showed the same coolness in the time of the subsequent decision making. Meanwhile, the mother is in a kind of trance state, between nervous laughter and tears, unable to react at all. The solution is not simple but it's not really important. All selfishly trying to keep their personal welfare, no other approaches.

The movie link to "Cache," which seems to close a longer series, through the camera, a symbol of modernity, which scrutinizes all traces of personal privacy and is installed in Western culture, and more specifically, in youth, through the mobile phone. Recordings of gratuitous violence that record today, many young people with them just for fun is a sign that Haneke was not far off track in his social analysis of the other kind of everyday cruelty to come.

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A very good movie

Posted : 3 years, 9 months ago on 7 January 2011 02:10

Before 'Funny Games', Mickael Haneke has directed this gem. It is not as great as 'Funny games' but it is still very good. It is very bleak and chilling but so thoughtfull. The small boy playing the lead character gives an amazing perfomance (he is one of the leads in 'Funny games' aswell). It is not an easy watch but it is definitely worth a look.

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