History Film / ManBitesDog

10th May '15 9:18:47 AM getchar
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The film was made on a shoe-string budget and therefore made as cheaply as possible. Everything was filmed in black-and-white and the three directors are also the three main actors. Supporting actors are friends and family members, which only adds to the realism. Despite its financial limitations it became a powerful, sometimes funny, often disturbing satire on television's obsession with real-life violence. The film also became a CultClassic outside Belgium.

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The film was made on had a shoe-string budget and therefore made as cheaply as possible. Everything was filmed in black-and-white and the three directors are also the three main actors. Supporting actors are friends and family members, which only adds to the realism. Despite its financial limitations it became a powerful, sometimes funny, often disturbing satire on television's obsession with real-life violence. The film also became a CultClassic outside Belgium.
9th Apr '15 7:18:24 AM StiffShots
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* MagnificentBastard: In some scenes Benoit comes across as a charming storyteller, in others you realize he is really an AxCrazy psychopath, who feels no remorse for his victims.
24th Jan '15 5:23:04 PM Patachou
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* MammaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: Even when Benoit is jailed his mother still doesn't believe he is a notorious criminal.

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* MammaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: Even when Benoit is jailed his mother still doesn't believe he is a notorious criminal.



* MoodChange: At first Benoît comes across as funny and amusing. Even his murders are committed in a funny fashion. Then the mood starts to change and the crimes he commits become more disturbing...

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* MoodChange: MoodWhiplash: At first Benoît comes across as funny and amusing. Even his murders are committed in a funny fashion. Then the mood starts to change and the crimes he commits become more disturbing...
24th Jan '15 5:20:39 PM Patachou
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->''"If you kill a whale, you get Greenpeace and Jacques Cousteau on your back. But wipe out sardines and you get a canning subsidy."''

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->''"If you kill a whale, you get Greenpeace and Jacques Cousteau Creator/JacquesCousteau on your back. But wipe out sardines and you get a canning subsidy."''



* BlackComedy

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* BlackComedyBlackComedy: Mostly in the first half of the film. Then it gets more grimy.



* BloodyHilarious

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* BloodyHilariousBloodyHilarious: Some of the crimes are hilarious.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Benoît's girlfriend- who plays the clarinet- is killed by an Italian hitman. Benoît finds her nude on the bed with the clarinet stabbed in her behind.]]



* FromBadToWorse

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* FromBadToWorseFromBadToWorse: Benoît's deeds get more reckless and psychopathic as the film marches on, with more people within his private life and vicinity getting murdered.



* {{Mockumentary}}

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* {{Mockumentary}}MagnificentBastard: In some scenes Benoit comes across as a charming storyteller, in others you realize he is really an AxCrazy psychopath, who feels no remorse for his victims.
* MammaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: Even when Benoit is jailed his mother still doesn't believe he is a notorious criminal.
* {{Mockumentary}}: The film is made in the style of a documentary about the every day life of a serial killer.
* MoodChange: At first Benoît comes across as funny and amusing. Even his murders are committed in a funny fashion. Then the mood starts to change and the crimes he commits become more disturbing...



* RunningGag: Members of the camera crew keep getting shot and accidentally killed.

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* RunningGag: Members of the camera crew keep getting shot and accidentally killed. Benoît disposes his bodies by throwing them in the canal.



* {{Satire}}

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* {{Satire}}{{Satire}}: The film is a partial satire of media's obsession with violence and even being an accomplice in crimes.
* ShoutOut:
** While eating mussels in a restaurant Benoît quotes from "Le Plat Pays" by Music/JacquesBrel, but adds his own lyrics. This is intercut with a surreal scene where he is filmed walking naked in the dunes at a beach. Then he throws up in the restaurant.
** While murdering a man in his bathroom Benoît compares the way he kills him with a scene he saw in ''Film/LeVieuxFusil'' (1974).



* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* VillainProtagonist

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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: Benoît's opinion about black people.
* VillainProtagonistVillainProtagonist: A serial killer is the protagonist of the film.
9th Oct '14 5:00:21 AM CornwindEvilman
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* DownerEnding: Let's not spoil it.

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* DownerEnding: Let's not spoil it.[[note]]Okay, if you insist.[[spoiler: Someone ultimately decides to turn things around on Ben and starts murdering HIS family and loved ones. This leads Ben to decide he has to get out of town, but as he meets with the camera crew to say goodbye, he is gunned down from offscreen, likely by the same unknown revenge-killer, who also kills the rest of the camera crew, the final shot of the movie coming from the camera on the ground as the fleeing sound man is shot dead.]] [[/note]]
23rd Jan '14 6:18:16 AM TwoGunAngel
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Benoit regularly makes derogatory comments about blacks, asians, homosexuals...

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Benoit regularly makes derogatory comments about blacks, asians, Asians, homosexuals...



* WouldHurtAChild: Benoit doesn't like infanticide, but it's because there's no money to be made with them. When he has to kill one who witnessed his parents' murder, Benoit does it without hesitation and mentions it being the second or third child he kills in five years.
* YouBastard: You're voluntarily watching a film about a man going around killing people. What kind of monster does that make you?

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* WouldHurtAChild: Benoit doesn't like infanticide, but it's because there's no money to be made with them. When he has to kill one who witnessed his parents' murder, Benoit does it without hesitation and mentions it being the second or third child he kills he's killed in five years.
* YouBastard: You're voluntarily watching a film about a man going around killing murdering people. What kind of monster does that make you?
30th Dec '13 12:57:29 PM SquigPie
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: The original title, "C'est arrivé près de chez vous" literally translates as "It Happened in Your Neighbourhood". The English title "Man Bites Dog" has a similar "sensational news topic cliché title", but is a translation that doesn't actually capture the content of the original title.
22nd Dec '13 10:58:51 AM Patachou
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: The original title, "C'est arrivé près de chez vous" literally translates as "It Happened in Your Neighbourhood". The English title "Man Bites Dog" has a similar "sensational news topic cliché title", but is a translation that doesn't actually capture the content of the original title.
22nd Aug '13 2:18:25 AM Nithael
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* FrightDeathtrap: Benoit and the filmmakers interview an old lady in her living room when Benoit suddenly shoves his gun to her face and SCREAMs AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS to scare her to death. [[BlackComedy Which saves him a bullet.]]

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* FrightDeathtrap: Benoit and the filmmakers interview an old lady in her living room when Benoit suddenly shoves his gun to her face and SCREAMs SCREAMS AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS to scare her to death. [[BlackComedy Which saves him a bullet.]]
17th Aug '13 11:35:49 AM ProxyThrope
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* SanitySlip: Rémy starts losing it after the death of the first crewmember, and it's all downhill from there.

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* SanitySlip: SanitySlippage: Rémy starts losing it after the death of the first crewmember, and it's all downhill from there.
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