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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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Michael: crónica de una obsesión  »

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Drown Your Tears in Wine
Written by Iris, Hans Michael Fink
Performed by Hans Michael Fink, Markus Münzenrieder, Wolfgang Scheiblhofer, Philipp Tröstner, Michael Fink
Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Iris
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"Quick-witted and picturesque..."
22 August 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Austrian casting director, actor and director Markus Schleinzer's feature film debut which he wrote, premiered In competition at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in 2011, was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and is an Austrian production which was produced by producers Markus Glaser, Nikolaus Gehrhalter, Michael Kitzberger and Wolfgang Widerhofer. It tells the story about Michael, a seemingly normal, sociable and dutiful citizen who secretly holds a 10-year-old boy named Wolfgang kidnapped in his house. Neither Michael's family members, neighbours or colleagues has any idea of what is going on. Michael treats Wolfgang as if he was his son, uses him as an object for his paedophile fantasies and thinks he is in total control of his adolescent victim, but Wolfgang knows that his parents is waiting for him and he is dead set on finding a way out of his captivity.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Austrian filmmaker Markus Schleinzer, this surreal and nuanced fictional tale which is mostly narrated from the protagonist's point of view, draws a singular portrayal of a middle-aged insurance company worker's revolting and forced relationship with a defenceless young boy. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, colorful production design by production designers Gerhard Dohr and Katrin Duber, cinematography by cinematographer Gerard Kerkletch, editing by Austrian producer, writer and film editor Wolfgang Widerhofer and the distinct and very efficient use of colors, this absurdly humorous and atmospheric drama depicts a condensed study of character and contains a good and comical score by German composer Lorenz Dangel.

This rhythmic, mysterious and at times very unsettling, which it should be and is also intended to be, story which turns into a psychological mind battle between a child molester and his hostage and which has a very fresh approach to a theme that is often, in films, portrayed in a much bleaker manner, is impelled and reinforced by its subtle character development, cogent narrative structure and the commendable acting performances by Austrian actor Michael Fuit, David Rauchenberger in his debut feature film role and actress Gisella Salcher. A quick-witted and picturesque directorial debut which gained, among other awards, the Vienna Film Award for Best Feature Film at the Viennale in 2011.


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