Institute Benjamenta, the first feature-length film of identical twins, Brothers Quay, who became a legend in the genre of animation film, gives us a clue to the world of the strange and the grotesque. It tempts audiences who are addicted to the Kafkaesque world. Elements like puzzling and distracted actions of the characters remind us of a marionettes´ action-a close observation soon reveals scenes like stop-motion animation-and the radical command of lighting and light shows the genius and imagination of Brothers Quay. Institute Benjamenta is a mysterious school for training butlers, and Jacob, who has come to the school to be a butler, tries to uncover the riddle of the school, which is like Pandora´s box. In doing so, he falls for beautiful the Benjamenta, who runs the institute. Adapting the original work by Robert Walser, a Swiss writer of the late nineteenth century who influenced the early Kafka, the film leads us into a labyrinth, which does not seem to have an end, like endless Chinese boxes. However, this labyrinth world contains a gloomy satire of reality not an admiration for the surrealistic world. In this sense, this film has something in common with Orson Welles´s "the Trial," an adaptation of Kafka´s novel. The film is an allegory of criticism and ridicule of the funny grotesque world, created by technologies, and of technology which the modern world forces us to accept.
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