underground movie night

Benny and Joon

6 september 2018


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Met ingang van maart worden er geregeld underground movie nights in Huis De Pinto georganiseerd. De voertaal van deze avonden is Engels.


The offbeat romantic comedy Benny and Joon (1993, directed by Jeremiah Chechik, 99 min.) starring a young Johnny Depp surprised audiences in the early 90s, when the cinemas were only filled with big-budget action films. This disarming charmer appeared and became a hit sleeper. The movie revolves around the bizarre interaction of three central characters. In a small town, a car mechanic named Benny is taking care of his mentally ill sister Joon, who is both an artist and a pyromaniac. Benny is doing everything he can to keep the harsh realities of life away from his delusional sister. Then one day a guy called Sam (Depp) comes onto the scene, who acts like a silent film actor from the 20s.... a bohemian character swinging a cane, wearing baggy pants and a worn-out felt hat. The intersection between Sam and the sister creates a dreamlike tone that carries through the film.

Although the acting is great all around, it's Johnny Depp’s animated Buster Keaton-esque routines that makes this film glow. But beneath the domesticated surrealism of the film, there is also a deeper underlining message. Like Harold and Maude, the film sits on the weirder side of whats possible in Hollywood entertainment. It also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, and a pre-stardom Julianne Moore.

Ah, poor Johnny (Depp). What a sad mess he's become after going through the Hollywood meat-grinder. He seems bewildered, lost, cynical and wasted... willing to take any junk he's offered. Lets step back and see the magic and innocence that was lost.

This will be a high definition screening, in English.

hall open 20:30 | movie starts 21:00
entrance 3 euro (cash only, no cards)