Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.
Outstanding and original piece of work.
This film is an incredible, original and totally unexpected piece of work. Given the subject matter audiences may assume that this would be pure exploitation or self-consciously 'dark' or 'edgy' but the film is full of ambiguity and subtlety and the director does an amazing job of keeping distant and matter-of-fact about the characters without leering or over-dramatics. Recently there have been a number of films which attempt (sometimes desperately) to be disturbing or provocative with degrees of explicitness , the originality of Michael is it's lack of explicitness or exploitation (if it was any other form of relationship it would be rated PG) which gives it a unique and unsettling tone. The film is full of little details and memorable moments which linger and is closed by an unexpected ending which moves from tense to calm then back to tense, all with a subtlety and pace alien to Hollywood.
- Oct 26, 2011
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