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Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
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Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
Original name: Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 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?
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, avant garde, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: crimes, family relations, love triangle, love and romance, boarding school, haunted by the past, society, mind game, siblings relations, eccentric family, master and servant, boarding school life, power relations, surrealism, dancing, monkey, snow, ice, philosophy, mutation, mirror, deer, mansion, servant, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo

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