14 year-old Benny is the only son of a successful Austrian couple. Somewhat absorbed in their own lives and careers, he is often left to his own devices with his hi-tech gifts. Surrounded by TV and video images, electronic games and his beloved camcorder, Benny becomes increasingly removed from the 'real world', absorbed particularly with a tape of a pig being slaughtered. When his parents leave for a short holiday, Benny befriends a girl near his local video store and brings her home, taping their conversation before re-enacting his pet sceneGÇöand parents and son alike must come to terms with the enormity of this horrifying and senseless murder. Director Michael Haneke's acclaimed study of the effects of violent imagery is a harrowing tale of isolation and desensitization.
A film by Michael Haneke