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Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. Ask for a better room. Other students to arrive and leave none for the job. Johannes is unhappy, imperious, and detached from the school of the operation. Lisa is beautiful, at first tightly controlled, then on the point of breaking. There is a whiff of incest. Jakob is drawn to Lisa, and perhaps to him. In winter, it becomes catatonic. Things get worse; Johannes notes that all this has happened since Jakob came. Is there any cause and effect?
Original title Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
IMDb Rating 7.2 1,599 votes
TMDb Rating 7.6 20 votes