Movie: Benny's Video (1992)
Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Mühe
Part of Michael Haneke's project is to make cinematic violence grueling. Benny's Video accomplishes this through duration.
In the film's violent centerpiece, a young boy shoots his friend with a bolt pistol. She falls to the ground. She is not dead, and begins to crawl. Haneke shoots with the camera in a fixed position, with no music. The girl crawls out of the frame, but the camera doesn't pan to follow. Her last moments, then, are conveyed totally through the terrible sounds she makes while dying.
As is the case in many of the most traumatic film experiences, what you don't see is most powerful. —RS