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Michael (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 15 February 2012 (USA)
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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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David Rauchenberger ...
Christine Kain ...
Mutter
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Schwester
Victor Tremmel ...
Schwager
Xaver Winkler ...
Neffe
Thomas Pfalzmann ...
Neffe
Gisela Salcher ...
Christa
Isolde Wagner ...
Bürokollegin 1
Markus Hochholdinger ...
Kollege Kantine
Susanne Rachler ...
Bürokollegin 2
David Oberkogler ...
Mag. Ehrnsberger
Katrin Thurm ...
Bürokollegin 3
Martin Schwehla ...
Bürokollege
Olivier Beaurepaire ...
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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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Drama | Thriller

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15 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Michael: crónica de una obsesión  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,366, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,151, 20 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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Possibly the most predictable ending to a film ever
9 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

OK, that's a very accusatory title to put to a review of a film, but I don't think that I have ever been so sure about how a film would end than I was during the closing 20 minutes of "Michael". That is not to say that I don't think that the film should have ended the way that it did, it's just that I was so sure of what the final frames would consist of. I was absolutely spot on. "Michael" is a very well made film, for sure, but if you're expecting anything anywhere near as ambiguous or intelligent as even the weakest Haneke film, prepare for a disappointment. I do look forward to seeing what Markus Schleinzer does next as he clearly has a talent for directing films with a disturbing subject matter, but if he has a masterpiece within him, "Michael" certainly isn't it.

Decent film, but must try harder to achieve greatness.


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