This Dream People Call Human Life Synopsis

Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a better room. No other students arrive and none leave for employment. Johannes is unhappy, imperious, and detached from the school's operation. Lisa is beautiful, at first tightly controlled, then on the verge of breakdown. There's a whiff of incest. Jakob is drawn to Lisa, and perhaps she to him. As winter sets in, she becomes catatonic. Things get worse; Johannes notes that all this has happened since Jakob came. Is there any cause and effect?

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This Dream People Call Human Life Casts

Alice Krige
Alice Krige

Lisa Benjamenta

Franziska Petri
Franziska Petri

Terroristin

Hansa Czypionka
Hansa Czypionka

Abtprimus

Mathis Landwehr
Mathis Landwehr

Bruder Lasko

Tim Wilde
Tim Wilde

Bruder Quintus

Yana Marinova
Yana Marinova

Ares Frau