February 15th, 2012


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A drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.2/10 (349 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Markus Schleinzer

Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain

A drama focused on five months in the life of pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Michael Fuith - Michael
David Rauchenberger - Wolfgang
Christine Kain - Mother
Ursula Strauss - Sister
Victor Tremmel - Brother-in-law
Xaver Winkler - Nephew 1
Thomas Pfalzmann - Nephew 2
Gisella Salcher - Christa (as Gisela Salcher)
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 - Mann Begegnung Tierpark


Official Website: Official site [de, en, fr] |

Release Date: 15 February 2012

Opening Weekend: $3,366 (USA) (19 February 2012) (1 Screen)

Gross: $5,538 (USA) (19 February 2012)

User Review

Outstanding and original piece of work.

Rating: 8/10

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.