• Publication date: August 1, 2010

They understand each other, even if society doesn�t Benny & Joon: A romance on the brink of reality

In a small town, an auto mechanic named Benny is devoted to taking care of his mentally ill sister, Joon, who can barely function alone in the real world despite being a talented artist.

In a small town, an auto mechanic named Benny is devoted to taking care of his mentally ill sister, Joon, who can barely function alone in the real world despite being a talented artist.

This relatively stable situation is shaken up when Benny is obliged in a poker game to welcome another player's relative, Sam, to his home for a few days.

When Sam arrives, he quickly makes an impression with his quietly eccentric ways which emulate the antics of the great silent movie comedian, Buster Keaton.

Without Benny's full knowledge, Sam and Joon find themselves drawn to each other to the fullest degree. However when Benny finds out, it creates a rift in the siblings as they struggle to accept their relationship is profoundly changing with the presence of this odd newcomer.

Benny & Joon was only a moderate success at box offices, but it was heavily lauded by critics and serious moviegoers � making it a hidden gem for those with cinematic fervor.

The picture was responsible for popularizing the song �I�m Gonna Be (500 miles)� by the Proclaimers. It was nominated for a Golden Globe and three MTV Movie Awards.

Showing on: MBC MAX

Year: 1993

Runtime: 98 mins

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Starring:

Johnny Depp

Mary Stuart Masterson

Julianne Moore

Oliver Platt

William H. Macy

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik