Ben X

Ben X

Streaming Video - 2008
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Ben is different. His life is a universe all to itself, where he avidly plays his favorite on-line computer game in an attempt to train for and block out the reality of his daily experiences. Ben has Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism that prevents normal communication and makes him ideal fodder for all the school bullies. As the bullies' relentless attacks push him over the edge and out of control, his on-line dream girl, Scarlite, appears to him and helps him devise a perfect plan to confront the bullies and make them pay for their torment. Director Nic Balthazar's dazzling debut blends fantasy and harsh social realism, based on a true story, to bring us an utterly original and important film.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 93 min.)) : sd., col.

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jocelyn_victoria
Oct 16, 2016

This movie about a teen boy struggling to deal with bullying by escaping into an online game was sometimes hard to watch. But the message it had about people not taking action about bullying, or realizing how bad it is until it's too late, seemed all too realistic.

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geomillar
May 06, 2014

One of the best Independent Film Movement films.
I'd watch it again and again.

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blueskies100
Mar 05, 2013

I absolutely loved this movie and the short story "I am Lisa". I loved the way this movie combined reality with video game imagery. It was a truly original film and the acting was well done.
The short story was engaging and sad, well acted too.

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Jane_Sm
Jun 21, 2011

Disturbingly dark and pessimistic depiction of autism. Superfluous violence, as contrived as Ben's invented "solution" at the end (which seems quite out of character). Shock treatment perhaps for someone (a teacher or social worker) who wants to be aware of the all-too-painful realities of life with a mental disability; but far too negative for families who are already struggling to cope and to remain optimistic. A contrasting and much more beneficial attitude toward disability is in stories such as Front of the Class by Brad Cohen.

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