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BEN X

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BEN X

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 93m 10s

Release date 29/08/2008

BBFCInsight Contains bullying and suicide theme

Director(s) Nic Balthazar

Cast includes Titus De Voogdt, Pol Goossen, Maarten Claeyssens, Johan Heldenbergh, Jakob Beks, Peter De Graef, Tania Van der Sanden

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 19/08/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BEN X is a Flemish film about a teenage boy with autism who finds himself hounded by school bullies. To escape their violence he retreats into a world of online gaming, where far from being victimised he is a great warrior able to beat any opponent.

Theme

Ben is mercilessly bullied throughout the film by two teenage schoolboys, who in one sequence not only beat him but also force feed him an ecstasy tablet.

Suicide

Ben's mental state progressively worsens before he finally tries to fight back. At one point he holds a shard of glass from a shattered mirror above his wrist. We see blood on his other hand. He likens the blood to the "beautiful" blood seen in a video game. Ben's girlfriend Scarlite also discusses various methods of suicide with him, including hanging and poison. The film does not portray suicide as being pain free and handles the subject with considerable sensitivity.

There are infrequent moderate sex references, fantastical video game clips depicting spurts of blood, and an aggressive use of "f**k off" as well as repeated instances of "faggot" or "faggots" (as directed by the bullies towards Ben).

Details

Title
BEN X
Year
2008
Distributor(s)
Momentum Theatrical
Classified date(s)
03/04/2008
Main language
Flemish
Submitted run time
93m 10s
Approved footage
8384+5
BBFC reference
AFF247910
Registration number
CFJ16876

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