Subscribe to watch - 14-day free trial, then £4.99 a month

Institute Benjamenta

Institute Benjamenta 12 rating

Mark Rylance stars in the debut feature film from the Brothers Quay. A student at a peculiar school for servants gradually uncovers its secrets and, by extension, those of life itself.

Drama 1995 105 mins

Director: Brothers Quay

Overview

Jakob (Mark Rylance) wants to be of service. Admitted to a peculiar school for servants run by domineering Johannes (Gottfried John) and his sorrowful sister Lisa (Alice Krige), Jakob gradually uncovers the mystical Institute's secrets and, by extension, those of life itself.

This striking live action feature from the master animators is a beautifully realised anti-fairytale. The Quays' visionary style breathes life into every corner of this fragile world, which shimmers with luminous energy and hypnotic beauty.