Benny's Gym (2007)
Norwegian Boy movie
Original Norwegian language with English subs
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Re: Benny's Gym (2007) short film [Norway]
Boy movie, 24:35IMDb wrote:Alfred is a teenager ostracized by other kids, he gets bullied all the time by Benny and his friends, who beat him up and pee on his notebook. When Benny is alone and spends time with Alfred, he is a different lad. The high school bully shares his secrets, his fears and hopes with the unpopular kid. It's no surprise that certain familial dynamics can create a vicious circle (of poverty, of violence, etc.), Benny's violent father physically punishes his son, not unlike the way Benny does it with other kids in school. An outlandish bond takes place between them. Perhaps, together, isolated from the world and society, from reality, they gain access to the real, that place in which desire is born.
In high school, Benny keeps ignoring Alfred, but when they're together everything is different. One night, Benny suggests that he could have sexual intercourse with Alfred, and kisses him passionately. Alfred acts surprised but had been longing for such a moment since day one. Nevertheless desire cannot guarantee a safe-conduct through adolescence… and soon, Benny's abusive friends savagely take it out on Alfred, they even try to drown him in the lake. Benny is a witness to all that, but he finds himself exscinded. Should he attempt to rescue his friend he would expose himself before the eyes of the others. But then, the possibility of losing Alfred forever is more than he can bear.
This Norwegian short film about abuse and marginality demonstrates that youth's problems are the same everywhere in the globe, and that as a society we're failing to keep things balanced. Our focus, as usual, goes to reality and not to the Lacanian real.
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