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Michael (2011)

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Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.
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Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

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15 February 2012 (USA)  »

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Michael: crónica de una obsesión  »

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$3,366 (USA) (17 February 2012)

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$15,151 (USA) (18 May 2012)
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First film directed by known casting director Markus Schleinzer. See more »

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References Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) See more »

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So nimm denn meine Hände ...
Music by Friedrich Silcher
Lyrics by Julie von Hausmann
Performed by Rosemarie Biegler, Johannes Dietl, Susanne Dietl, Heinz Quarda, Willi Schedlbauer, Herta Schwertführer, Elfriede Wappel and Ewald Wappel
Choir leader: Ewald Wappel
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Yikes
31 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First let's say it, "Yikes". This is a minutely-observed, low-keyed, dispassionate movie about the domestic life of a pedophile and the little boy he keeps captive in his basement. (Again, "Yikes"). But it is certainly not without wit, and a kind of wry "fly on the wall" style that keeps one engaged even though the proceedings are kept on a low boil intentionally. (Thank God). The phrase "the banality of evil", comes to mind constantly, and I think it is not entirely coincidental that this is an Austrian film. The lack of histrionics, however, does not mean that the film lacks drama. Certainly not…in fact it does create , at times, an almost unbearable tension. It has been compared many times to Haneke's "Funny Games", but in fact I find it far more subversive than that, as the Haneke film depends very much on a Brechtian "alienation" effect, whereby the filmmaker lets his audience know that he is intentionally manipulating them. "Michael" provides no easy "outs", and is, to my mind, a far more disturbing, compelling exercise. Truly a shocker, and extraordinarily well-done. Bravo. (But it is not for the timid).


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