Ben X

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As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Specifications

Studio Repnet Llc
SKU 209902001
UPC 616892966425
UPC 14 00616892966425
Format DVD
Release Date 3/10/2009
Keywords
Fantasy
Illness
Love Story
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "Quick-fire editing, tilted camera angles and distorted close-ups convey Ben's fractured perspective..." 09/01/2008 p.51
Empire 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Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his tale of a withdrawn teen seemingly being pushed to the point of committing either homicide or suicide by bullies at his school is undeniably a high-level achievement." 11/01/2008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
Directors
Nic Balthazar
Actors
Marijke Pinoy
Laura Verlinden
Greg Timmermans
Cast & Crew
Greg Goossen - Star
Gilles De Schryver - Star
Titus De Voogdt - Star
Maarten Claeyssens - Star
Jakob Beks - Star
Marijke Pinoy - Star
Laura Verlinden - Star
Greg Timmermans - Star
Philippe Ravoet - Composer
Nic Balthazar - Screenwriter
Praga Khan - Director of Photography
Lou Berghmans - Screenwriter
Erwin Provoost - Producer
Peter Bouckaert - Producer
Nic Balthazar - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00616892966425
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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