Directed by: Michael Haneke
Starring: Arno Frisch (Benny), Angela Winkler (Mother), Ulrich Mühe (Father), Ingrid Stassner (Girl), Stefan Polasek (Ricci)
Language: German (English subtitles)
Genres: Family, Gruesome, Snuff, Teenager, Violence Against-Animals
Plot – Spoilers:
Grainy footage of a pig being shot with a captive bolt. This is Benny’s first significant work.
Benny is a teenager living in a wealthy Austrian home and has filled his room with videotapes and a few cameras. He appears to prefer video to reality. So his curtains are drawn shut and instead, a camera 24/7 live records the outside view from his window.
Something more significant is about to happen though. Benny often sees a girl standing outside the video rental he frequents and he brings her home one weekend while his parents are away. He shows her a captive bolt pistol he’d stolen and things spiral from there.
Thoughts on the ending (Massive Spoilers):
It seems unlikely that conscience had anything to do with his decision. Benny’s unpredictable behaviour with the girl and later his friend Ricci at the latter’s home and in class, suggests he is certifiably psychopathic. Through the course of the film you almost sense a growing contempt in him for his parents’ decisions and behavioural choices, and his trip to the police station is probably to spite them.
If you liked the actor playing Benny, there are a couple movies here, including another by the Austrian master Haneke.