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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ***ATTENTION***This is a Dual Format Edition, which contains both Blu-Ray & DVD versions*** Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a better room. No other students arrive and none leave for employment. Johannes is unhappy, imperious, and detached from the school's operation. Lisa is beautiful, at first tightly controlled, then on the verge of breakdown. There's a whiff of incest. Jakob is drawn to Lisa, and perhaps she to him. As winter sets in, she becomes catatonic. Things get worse; Johannes notes that all this has happened since Jakob came. Is there any cause and effect? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Fantasporto Awards, Stockholm Film Festival, ...Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life ( Institute Benjamenta )
As is usual for surrealistic fantasy films, do not even try to make sense out of this film in terms of story plot. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by Charles S
After reading a few negative reviews I had to see for myself.
For me, the Quay brothers are right up there with Cocteau, David Lynch, Man Ray, Duchamp, ... Read more
Robert Walser,the inspiration for Institute Benjamenta,stated "I can breathe only in the lowest regions"and saves himself from fear or the struggle for existence by changing... Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by technoguy
Robert Walser,the inspiration for Institute Benjaminta, stated "I can breathe only in the lowest regions"and saves himself from fear or the struggle for existence by changing... Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by technoguy
This film is more Kafka than Kafka. The film opens with a stellar monochromatic shot of forks as a narrator recites a german poem. From there it's, "hold on to your beret"! Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Trevor L. Charles
Institute Benjamenta is a brilliant brew of dream, N.European myth, Buddhist philsophy, and emotional repression and longing, and asks us what it means to exist in a world. Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by echoes of empires
Enter "Institute Benjamenta" is entering a world that is almost... other worldy.
Strange maybe, but it's a world created by the twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay who are... Read more
Strangely haunting. If you are mesmerized by Butoh dance, then this movie should appeal--not for fidgeties predisposed to jazz dance. Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by Stephen Kramer