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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.


Markus Schleinzer, Kathrin Resetarits (co-director)
6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fuith ... Michael
David Rauchenberger David Rauchenberger ... Wolfgang
Christine Kain Christine Kain ... Mutter
Ursula Strauss ... Schwester
Victor Tremmel Victor Tremmel ... Schwager
Xaver Winkler Xaver Winkler ... Neffe
Thomas Pfalzmann Thomas Pfalzmann ... Neffe
Gisela Salcher Gisela Salcher ... Christa
Isolde Wagner Isolde Wagner ... Bürokollegin 1
Markus Hochholdinger Markus Hochholdinger ... Kollege Kantine
Susanne Rachler Susanne Rachler ... Bürokollegin 2
David Oberkogler David Oberkogler ... Mag. Ehrnsberger
Katrin Thurm Katrin Thurm ... Bürokollegin 3
Martin Schwehla Martin Schwehla ... Bürokollege
Olivier Beaurepaire Olivier Beaurepaire ... Mann Begegnung Tierpark


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


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael: crónica de una obsesión See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,366, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,151, 20 May 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First film directed by known casting director Markus Schleinzer. See more »


References Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) See more »


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Performed by Hans Michael Fink, Markus Münzenrieder, Wolfgang Scheiblhofer, Philipp Tröstner, Michael Fink
Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Iris
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31 July 2013 | by Froster54See 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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