Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
When Jakob (Mark Rylance) attends the Institute Benjamenta to learn the ways of servitude, his dream quickly takes on nightmarish qualities. Lisa (Alice Krige), one of the headmasters, is an intriguing beauty whom Jakob feels attracted to, but she seems emotionally unstable. Meanwhile, Lisa's brother (Gottfried John) is entirely distracted from the school's operations, and no new students ever arrive. The work is tedious, and the situation worsens when Lisa falls into a catatonic state.