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Ben X (2008)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 209902001
UPC: 616892966425
UPC 14: 00616892966425
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As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.
Editor's Note
Boasting impressive performances, this Flemish drama was Belgium's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. As a result of his autism, teenaged Ben (Greg Timmermans, making his debut) spends his days as the target for school bullies. He finds solace in an online computer game where he is no longer the victim, but a hero. When his online love, Scarlite (Laura Verlinden), appears to him in real life, he has new motivation to face his oppressors. This is the directorial debut for Nic Balthazar.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Repnet Llc
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/10/2009
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video UPC UPC: 00616892966425
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Greg Goossen
Video Cast Info Gilles De Schryver
Video Cast Info Titus De Voogdt
Video Cast Info Maarten Claeyssens
Video Cast Info Jakob Beks
Video Cast Info Marijke Pinoy
Video Cast Info Laura Verlinden
Video Cast Info Greg Timmermans
Video Cast Info Philippe Ravoet - Composer
Video Cast Info Nic Balthazar - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Praga Khan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Lou Berghmans - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Erwin Provoost - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Bouckaert - Producer
Video Cast Info Nic Balthazar - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"Quick-fire editing, tilted camera angles and distorted close-ups convey Ben's fractured perspective..." 09/01/2008 p.51

3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] shrewd exercise in expectation-subversion, although beneath its pulled rugs lies a heavy morality tale....Emotionally effective." 09/01/2008 p.71

Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his tale of a withdrawn teen seemingly being pushed to the point of committing either homicide or suicide by bullies at his school is undeniably a high-level achievement." 11/01/2008 p.81

Los Angeles Times
"Theater and film critic Nic Balthazar's BEN X is a brilliant, harrowing first feature that plunges the viewer headlong into Ben's chaotic existence." 11/28/2008

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his curio from director Nic Balthazar packs a fusion of excitement and angst that really clicks." 01/01/2009 p.158

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