Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

Rated NR 105 minutes

From the directing team of identical twin brothers Timothy Quay and Stephen Quay, Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life focuses on the experiences of Jakob Von Gunten (Mark Rylance), who has come to the titular institute to train to become a manservant. Amidst a series of unorthodox lessons under the instruction of brother and sister Johannes Benjamenta (Gottfried John) and Lisa Benjamenta (Alice Krige), Jakob becomes attracted to Lisa and she to him. As the magnetism between the two of them intensifies, Lisa's health declines more and more, leading Johannes to question Jakob's influence on her. The screenplay was adapted from the novel Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser.~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay

Writer: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay and Alan Passes

Cast: Alice Krige, Mark Rylance and Gottfried John

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