A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter.Written by
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According to an essay André wrote, Ben's family didn't know anything about the plot of the film. Ben's mother and grandparents thought they were filming raw footage of Ben, and had no idea that the footage was going to be used in a film in which Ben is a serial killer. Ben's mother was shocked to see her son behind bars, when she comes to visit him in prison. See more »
When Ben gets a holster for his birthday, he asks them to bring his revolver so he can try it out. But they don't bring a revolver, they bring him a semi-automatic pistol. See more »
In a kingdom by the sea..along clear gulfs..and plump waves, to stop the waves, and flying fish, gliding like gulls, and plankton to your heart's content, And red salmon leaping from the heavens, the sourjellyfiish and purple seaweed, and the winter's kelp... Nothing shall stop me from calling your name... Sea, Sea, Sea, O cruel mother, Oh, say, can you see... What are you waiting for, douche bag, high tide?
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The current US region 1 DVD (released by Criterion) is completely uncut with the exception of the dissolve to the white screen at the very end. See more »
One of the nastiest and most notoriously evil dark comedies ever is actually filmed in Belgium. Belgium that is, not France like some people seem to think. It's (at least what I know of) the only Belgian film I've ever seen, but it's also just happens to be one of the best films I've seen from any country.
Benoît Poelvoorde is fantastic as the totally mad and nihilistic serial killer Ben, his mere presence makes this movie stand out. The shootings in black and white makes this movie feel like a real documentary. And the humor is darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. It's fantastically funny, if you can stomach it, that is.
Many scenes of grisly violence against kids, bystanders, elders and various others will probably disgust a whole lot of people, but if you can handle it then you've got yourself a film you'll remember for a long time.
I really wonder what happened to those who made this. They should have been stars by now. This probably just proves that life simply isn't fair.
Genius doesn't come along often. Do yourself a favour and watch this.
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