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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    I think it's a good match in terms of book and directorial style. I'm not sure why I'm harsh towards the Quays. I always think their work could be better, and not so precious, despite the originality of their vision. This time the quality is more dependent on the acting, and they got some top rate actors, and I think that helps.

  2. Pierre.F's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Le portrait d'un univers kafkaïen qui ne cesse de se répéter de manière absurde et dont la fin consacre le vide. Mais avant tout une suite de plans, d'images archi belles dans un clair-obscur toujours frappant. C'est bien l'univers des Frères Quay, reconnaissable entre mille.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Une oeuvre envoûtante, atypique, qui fascine et trouble, inclassable dans son propos et sa réalisation, comme bien des réalisations des deux frangins... www.cinefiches.com

  4. BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    3,8/5 Forcément assez envoûtant. Rappelant forcément des esthétiques et thématiques (de Kafka au Dreyer de Vampyr). Malgré une certaine complaisance sur la longueur, la durée du long métrage, les frères Quay signent un film tellement "à part" de la cinématographie actuelle qu'il en est, par essence, salvateur, telle la présence d'un panda éclairé dès l'aube dans un cours d'esthétique de l'image.

  5. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Very inventive in matters of visuals and sound, but also a bit to narcissistic in presenting the visual enigmas. The film shows that the Quay Brothers handle the short and concise format much better than the long one - a problem they cope with in "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" in a more compelling way.

  6. Ludovic72's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Hommages certainement assumés au grand maître Kafka, l'Institut Benjamenta et ses occupants distillent la même neurasthénie ironique, le même romantisme désespéré, la même absurdité existentielle. D'une splendeur esthétique marquante (rappelant parfois les films de Sokourov), l'image joue admirablement sur les contrastes et les changements d'échelle. La lenteur répétitive et le maniérisme vont parfois trop loin...

  7. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

  8. Cătălin, HiperCristalin's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Dreyer l^ynched for expressionistic 90s kids.

  9. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    So dreamy that actually put me to sleep

  10. Nathan Goldman's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    "Sometimes more life lies hidden in the opening of a door than in a question."

  11. Bob's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    In the execution it feels more closer to Dreyer's "Vampyr" than to "Eraserhead". What it starts as hypnotic, almost meditative, soon turns into an everlasting whispers between characters and it drags that way till the end. And on the way, thrown symbolism shows more to a viewer his or her disconnection with the film than anything that could serve as its meaning.

  12. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Nice. Think this place is actually right across where Eraserhead lived.

  13. dr0nestar's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    loved parts of it.. maybe it will grow on me with repeated veiwings

  14. Ruiz Buñuel's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    The fifth star is for potential only.

  15. lndah's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    It's like a mint for my soul. Definitely love this.

  16. Who told you this room exists?'s rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    "All around hangs a slumber upon these halls and things as yet unfathomed still occur". The Quays' first feature is a real treat to the eyes and ears. It has a dreamlike, somber atmosphere on account of the shimmering black and white photography, effectively accompanied by haunting music of Lech Jankowski. I especially love the gorgeous close up shots of hands and small objects in their works (this and In Absentia).

  17. butterflycaught's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Details, details, and how the Quays put the inner being and the wonderful nuances of our existence into spotlight.

  18. yulquen's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    i am feeling sad and vulnerable right now; well put, quay bros.

  19. lady_lazarus's rating of the film Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Robert Walser was an unsung hero of literature, Jakob Von Gunten- the best book ever written. and the Quay brothers just touched perfection. i love the way they carry out the legacy of the writing and focus on otherwise insignificant objects such as a button.