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Poor Wolfgang is clearly traumatised by the whole thing but is sort of resigned to playing along, probably in the hope of less brutal treatment. We never get to see the actual abuse, but this is none the less powerful for it, perhaps because we are left to fill in the gaps, it appears worse, if that was actually possible. The abuse is also psychological and sometimes I felt that was actually worse than the nightly incursions. I was in a constant state of anxiety whilst watching this. However, I was hooked from the word go but I also wanted it to be over, but paradoxically when it ended I wanted to know more; I am so hard to please.
Writer and director Markus Schleinzer has made an original and provoking film. The acting by the two main actors is brilliant especially David Rauchenberger, who was utterly convincing. Michael also watches violent porn and that gives him ideas too which though disgusting actually helped to break up the tension a couple of times.Read more ›
`Michael' shows us a few months in the life of Michael. Michael seems like a normal man. He's quiet and tad reclusive. He works hard, excels even, and carries on normal conversation with co-workers. He functions in society like one would expect. He even goes on vacations with friends, drinking and flirting and `hooking up'. But, what his friends and family don't know is that when Michael returns home he is not alone. He unlocks his basement and lets out Wolfgang, a ten-year-old boy whom he has kidnapped and who he abuses on a regular basis. They eat together, play together and it is apparent that Michael uses Wolfgang for other things as well.
This is the story being told. The film basically carries along without a direct end-point and we're left to wonder just where this film is taking us. In the meantime, we are left watching some very uncomfortable scenarios play out between Michael and Wolfgang that are sure to leave a lasting impression.Read more ›
For the first 15 minutes or so, I thought this was a waste of money and that I'd hate it. The hook at the beginning was enough to keep me hooked, plus I wasn't sure if I could get a refund. Then, as more characters, locations, and events were shown, the more I saw its depth and began to really enjoy it.
It has a lot of scenes with irony.
(I had more to say about irony, but the film ended and everything changed: This is now a 3 star review.)
I saw the end coming a mile away, but even so, I really wanted to see it. But then, just as the obligatory scene was to begin ... cut to black. No obligatory climax scene. The movie ended with me thinking something that could only be expressed in all caps and censored words, but basically, I was really disappointed.
I am wary of other reviews that interpret the film as concerning the suspicions of people around you, I don't think the aim is to make us paranoid, if anything to be more involved with the world and the people within it so that privacy and disinterest cannot be a de facto excuse for abuse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael is a film by a disciple of Haneke on the extreme subject of paedophilia. First it gets the sensationalism and repulsive aspects out of the way, by making it implicit rather... Read morePublished 8 months ago by technoguy
A well established burger-pedophile abducted and hide a ten year old for understandable reasons.
However, to a very luck of a boy and potential victims, boy-attracted... Read more
What a surprisingly good movie! While it is a difficult subject to watch and believe this movie delivered. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T
I had already seen this movie streamed on Netflix and thought it was very interesting and wanted to own it. Ordered and received in prompt fashion. Very happy.Published on June 27, 2014 by Patty
Gripping movie and at times uncomfortable to watch .tremendous acting. A story about the horrible consequences of mental disease and its effect on an innocent child.Published on April 15, 2014 by philip s