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An impressive debut Time Out
This acclaimed Austrian drama focuses on five months in the life of paedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.
A protégé of Michael Haneke, Markus Schleinzer's "Michael" is a triumph of uneasy cinema. With an unorthodox level of restraint, the director tells the story of a dull office drone who keeps a kidnapped young boy locked in his house.
Despite its subversive edge, "Michael" successfully drains the shock out of a frightening premise and instead delivers a keen observational thriller. From its opening minutes, "Michael" reveals its alarming plot with a patient, naturalistic atmosphere.
Although an interesting idea, I found this film too slow with the protagonist too much of a stereotype.Published 1 month ago by TashKav
IMDB's description of Austrian Markus Schleinzer's 2011 film Michael ('Five months in the life of a paedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement') is not exactly... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Keith M
I cannot describe in words how much this film disturbed me, I usually enjoy these dark, provocative, Coming of age, abuse type themed films, like 'L.I.E. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Lewis hunter
This film shocked me at first and after 20 minutes I wasn't sure I could stomach an hour and a half of implied child abuse. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John P. Galantini
A very sombre look at a very disturbing phenomena. By no means action packed, just a rather mundane day to day look at life held as prisoner. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M Fenton
While the subject matter may be difficult, this is a very powerful film .. the two main actors (adult and child) carry this film to a frightening conclusion. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one film with nothing in it and at the end when the boy is found we see nothing for a movie for adults only we dont see very much happen a strange film and weird to followPublished 19 months ago by Mr. T. D. Mcgready
Late on in this ice-cold drama from casting-director-turned-writer-director Markus Schleinzer, a character describes the titular character as, amongst other things, "impatient". Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. J. Lister
This strong film is dealt with extremely well. First class acting on a sensitive subject. Not everyone's cup of tea.Published 24 months ago by Beryl Woodhead