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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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This is my knife, and this is my dick - which one shall I stick into you?

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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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My Secret Romance
Written by Iris, Hans Michael Fink
Performed by Hans Michael Fink, Markus Münzenrieder, Wolfgang Scheiblhofer, Philipp Tröstner, Michael Fink
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I feel a little sick and a lot disturbed.
9 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I feel a little sick and a lot disturbed, but mostly, incredibly impressed.

I think when you buy a ticket for a film which has a pedophile for a protagonist, there's always that possibility that it might be a sympathetic portrayal; that beneath the monstrous outside, inside he's just a misunderstood kitten. I mean, surely, if ogres can be like onions, then pedophiles can be like physalis – a juicy centre fully enclosed in a large papery husk?

Well my Daily Mail reading readers, you can relax, Michael is anything but a sympathetic character – although, you may be disappointed that he has neither horns nor tail.

The complexities of the relationship between Michael and his 'houseguest' are fascinating, as it slowly dawns on you how easy it could be to manipulate a child into being a complicit captive, and exactly how many basements out there in fact have a missing child within?

So much of your ninety-four minutes of viewing 'pleasure' is consumed with such sobering and vile thoughts, while the rest is filled with some very dark humour indeed as there's nothing funnier than seeing a pedophile get stuck in the off-piste snow. Believe me, there isn't.

The film itself is flawless, and there are certain moments in and amongst its day-to-day mundanity that reveal themselves as a masterclass in subtle suspense.

This would happily sit right up there on your 'challenging' DVD shelf alongside Dogtooth – which is another fine film that reveals the worlds that people carve for themselves when the shutters come down and all that's left is you, the awkward man and his penis.


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