C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) (It Happened in Your Neighborhood)
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C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog) (It Happened in Your Neighborhood)
In this high-concept satire of media violence, a film crew is shooting a low-budget documentary about a garrulous serial killer named Ben (co-director Benoit Poelvoorde). In episodic fashion, the body count rises, until after one botched job he is captured and imprisoned. However, he soon escapes, and the documentary continues apace. When Ben's parents and a friend are themselves slain by the mob, he is suitably distressed but continues his own killing spree nonetheless, this time with the documentary crew as his accomplices. Finally, Ben and the documentary team are themselves murdered --… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It proves that a catchy title does not necessarily make for a good movie."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Misunderstood, this original belgian film is a stairical stab at serial killers, our new "cultural icons"; the moral was misinterpreted by some critics."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's absurdly dark humor comes with a price tag, and after a while the continuously mindless and pointless killings begin to exact a numbing toll on the viewer."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Joins I Stand Alone and Funny Games on the list of maddeningly recondite European films that exploit the violence-in-media subtext to hide their sick, voyeuristic fantasies."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"An important film, yes, but one frequently surpassed and out-subverted."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"a strikingly original satire carried out with unbelievable deadpan humor"
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"A black comedy that's as dark as night, Man Bites Dog is a worthy successor to A Clockwork Orange as this generation's most telling and unflinching look at our views on violence."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This is an original, a stark and (sorry) biting work far more complex, both stylistically and thematically, than first meets the eye."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Harsh, unflinching and sinfully enjoyable."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"a deeply compelling, if ultimately confused, indictment of screen violence as entertainment, one that continues to shock and confound"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

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