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Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 26 September 2007 (Belgium)
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As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director:

Nic Balthazar

Writers:

Nic Balthazar (novel), Rik D'Hiet (advisor on screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marijke Pinoy ... Moeder
Greg Timmermans ... Ben
Cesar De Sutter ... Jonas
Gilles De Schryver ... Coppola (as Gilles De Schrijver)
Bavo Smets Bavo Smets ... Ben - 6 jaar
Katrien Pierlet Katrien Pierlet ... Kleuterjuf
Rebecca Lenaerts Rebecca Lenaerts ... Opvoedster
Maarten Claeyssens ... Desmet
Titus De Voogdt ... Bogaert
Pol Goossen Pol Goossen ... Vader
Michel Bauwens Michel Bauwens ... Oorarts
Koen De Sutter Koen De Sutter ... Oogarts
Peter De Graef ... Psychiater
An Van Gijsegem An Van Gijsegem ... Maaike
Jakob Beks Jakob Beks ... Leraar metaal
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Storyline

Ben is different. His life is a universe to itself, where he plays his favorite on line computer game Archlord avidly, trying hard to train himself for the real world he lives in. The harsh world of a technical school is for him a daily kind of hell. As the horror of being a daily subject to bullying grows, Ben devises a plan. Then Scarlite comes into his life, the girl he has met in his on-line game. That wasn't part of the plan... Written by Peter Bouckaert

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Everything's dare See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben X, o distaktikos iroas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,949, 28 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,912, 30 November 2008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Belgium's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: [voiceover] It's hard to explain. It's hard to explain myself. But I never tell lies. Everything I say is true, even when I don't say a thing.
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Connections

Remade as IRL (2013) See more »

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Sister Waterfall
Written by Van Maldeghem and Fluit
Performed by Liam Chan
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Nice piece of work
25 September 2007 | by twee-5See all my reviews

I saw this movie yesterday at a movie theater in Leuven. Nic Balthazar came to this theater to answer some questions afterwards. This movie gets to you from the beginning till the end. Nic Balthazar created a jewel that will shine for long. He makes me longing for more. Very nice work! I'm not willing to tell something about the plot of the movie, because you can never catch the atmosphere this movie has. I am very glad that I speak Dutch, because I am afraid that a lot of the nice lyrics that are spoken in this movie can not be translated as brilliant as spoken... Although I don't think this will be a large problem, this movie has it all, action, romance... It does go straight to the heart. I still don't understand how a debut can be this close to perfection. It is "must see" for everyone!


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