Benny's Video--End

Sunday, May 16, 2010 8:20 PM By Simon

Spoilers (because this is the internet)







Okay, here are the conclusions I can jump to, based off the ending of this movie:

1b) Benny is a sociopath, and grassed his parents as a sick middle finger to them--they go to all these lengths to cover up the murder of the girl, and meanwhile, he is indifferent to the whole procedure. Then, as soon as they settle back into some semblance of a tranquil routine, he goes and tells the cops the whole thing, especially their role in it. His formal 'sorry' to them in the hallway is the final stake.

1b) They both smile a bit, wondering what the fuck just happened, either cracking under the pressure of the whole deal, or remaining oblivious.

2a) Benny didn't think he did anything wrong, and that his parents were the criminals. Because, when you think about it, he never actually lied, or covered up anything. His parents never ask him about what he did that afternoon, and two days later, he shows them the tape, no coercion, no questioning, nothing. He just turns off the news and pops in the tape. After that, Georg and Anna are lying to the teacher, plotting the coverup, all of that. He listens to their conversation with his door open, and in his twisted mind, he is, in fact, reporting the real criminals, the ones pretending to work in his interest, but really, just want to protect their reputations.

2b) Why did he go off on his friend in the computer class, then? An act of agression/rebellion, or a calculated move to set the whole deal in motion?

3) The entire movie is a comment on what society does to us, Da Children, The Future, the ones everybody worries for, frets for, uses for their own political/religious/social causes, the Excuse. A look at the enablers, the parents who say they act in his interest. Think: in the beginning, they encourage the sister's morally questionable pyramid scheme, even contemplating their own at the end. They leave Benny mostly to himself and his videos, a shut-in, and expect him to be just an upright citizen afterwards? After he kills the girl, he is aware of what he's done, yet they react like he's a victim, but of what?, and they cover up for him. Hanake, you dog.

4) I like to think Paul from the original Funny Games, also played awesomely by Arno Frisch, is Benny as a few years up. No relation, probably, to Ulrich Muhe's Georg, even though they do have the same name. Or maybe it is. Amnesia could be involved.

5) We get, Hanake. Voyeurism is bad, TV is bad, glorification of violence is bad. And yet you encourage it with these, more violent than anything else you criticize. Way to go, champ.

6) I kid. I see your point. Go ahead and mock the compliant suburban couple that hover the screen of all your films, played by different people, but the same in maybe every way. He just kind of likes writing the same couple, maybe, and thinking to himself 'And what would they do if this bad thing happened?', and rolling with it. Not a bad strategy, I must admit.

7) The Mighty Ulrich Muhe. He is missed.

8) That poor, poor girl. She had a picture of a cat or something in her wallet. Way to give her personality. Can you not just make her a stock murder victim? Damn.

9) What be your thoughts on the ending?

EDIT: 10) Or, it could be mild critique of capitalism. For example, the scene where money is being exchanged during a choir practice, and only closeups of hands are seen. If you were so inclined to think such.

11) Benny ratted his parents to see 'what it felt like'.

12) The first thing his parents did upon finding out was ask if anyone saw. He might've realized that, if nobody knew what he had done, it invalidates it. The whole point of it, I think, was to feel something, and if the act is lost to the ages or whatever, the feeling of the kill, and soon the memory, will wane. He might just be keeping it fresh.


Frank said...

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May 17, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Notas Sobre Creación Cultural e Imaginarios Sociales said...

Haneke's methods have always been controversial. I think he uses violence and horror to talk about these very subjects to give us a spoonful of our own medicine.

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