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Man Bites Dog (1992)
"C'est arrivé près de chez vous" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  15 January 1993 (USA)
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ben
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert ...
Ben's Mother (as Jacqueline Poelvoorde Pappaert)
Nelly Pappaert ...
Ben's Grandmother
Hector Pappaert ...
Ben's Grandfather
Jenny Drye ...
Jenny
Malou Madou ...
Malou
Willy Vandenbroeck ...
Boby
Rachel Deman ...
Mamie Tromblon
André Laime ...
Bed-ridden Old Man
Édith Le Merdy ...
Nurse (as Edith Lemerdy)
Sylviane Godé ...
Rape Victim (Martine)
Zoltan Tobolik ...
Rape Victim's Husband
Valérie Parent ...
Valerie
Alexandra Fandango ...
Kalifa
Olivier Cotica ...
Benichou
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Storyline

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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

A Killer Comedy

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man Bites Dog  »

Box Office

Budget:

BEF 1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$205,569 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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At the beginning, Benoît says that four times a child's body weight is needed to sink a dead child. However, at the bar where they drink Dead Baby Boys, Benoît asks René for the weight ratio needed to sink a child, to which René replies "Twice," and Benoit says, "Right!" See more »

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Ben: Once I buried two Arabs in a wall over there... Facing Mecca, of course.
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Pure genius
16 March 2004 | by (Åland, Finland) – See all my reviews

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.

10/10


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