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Directed by Markus Schleinzer
Produced in 2011
Main Language - German with English subtitles
Ursula Strauss, Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Victor Tremmel, Xaver Winkler
An acclaimed Austrian drama focusing on five months in the life of an outwardly respectable paedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. Despite its controversial subject matter, Michael is a restrained observational thriller, revealing its alarming plot with a patient, naturalistic atmosphere.
Michael (Michael Fuith) appears to be an ordinary member of society. He holds down a steady, well-paid job, pays visits to his family and neighbours and maintains a clean and orderly house. However, unknown to his friends, Michael is a paedophile who keeps a young boy, Wolfgang, in a furnished room in his basement. Though their respective roles of victim and abuser are clear, the duration of Wolfgang's captivity has led to a complexity developing in the relationship between the man and child. For all that Wolfgang loathes and resents Michael, he has also come to perceive him as his only human contact and source of company. Will the sanity of both survive the stresses that occur as Michael struggles to maintain his respectable facade?
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 96 mins
Cat No: ART599DVD
Format: DVD Colour
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