Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995)

ALL 08/01/1995 (en) Drama 104 Min
  • Release
    08/01/1995
  • Production
    Koninck Studios, Image Forum, Pandora Film, Hot Property Films, Film4 Productions
  • Rotten tomato
    76.88%
  • Original title
    Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
  • Original language
    en
  • Production Cost
  • 0.00
    -

Overview

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?

  1. Story

  2. Larry Sider

    Editor



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Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995) 104 Min

ALL 08/01/1995 (en)
Drama
  • Release 08/01/1995
  • Production
    Koninck Studios, Image Forum, Pandora Film, Hot Property Films, Film4 Productions
  • Original title Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
  • en
  • Revenue0.00

Overview

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?

  1. Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

    Director

  2. Story

  3. Larry Sider

    Editor

  4. Karl Baumgartner, Keith Griffiths, Janine Marmot, Katsue Tomiyama

    Producer