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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


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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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A convincing portrait of evil as the absence of empathy
4 January 2016 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Loosely based on a horrific true story of an Austrian man who kept a girl in his cellar for the best part of two decades, 'Michael' is a film I avoided watching for a long time in part because I feared it would simply prove too unpleasant. In fact, it's watchable and (mostly) understated: its (fictional) villain less a pure monster, more just an isolated person who decides to set up their own life the way they want to, and to keep a child as one would keep a pet. Even then, his incapacity for emotion (towards the child, or indeed, for anybody else) is striking, which partly explains his appalling actions. I don't know how the details of this story reflect on the actual tale; but it seems a believable portrait of how someone could come to act in this way. The film is low budget: some of the scenes may be shot as they are to save filming them more expensively, although the advantage is that the audience is encouraged to concentrate on what matters, not some lush background. The ending is premature disappointing dramatically but what's more interesting is how much I cared to see what happened next: 'Michael' might not literally be docu-drama, but it convinces as a portrait of evil as the absence of empathy.

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