underground movie night

Benny and Joon

6 september

21:00–23:00

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ENGLISH BELOW

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

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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)