Michael (Michael Fuith), a seemingly meek insurance agent, has a secret: he's holding 10-year-old Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger) captive in a locked room in his basement. Chronicling a five month period, director Markus Schleinzer reveals a tense portrait of how seemingly mundane lives can hide the darkest secrets. MICHAEL is a masterfully executed study of a monster with rich cinematic detail and unnerving insight.
- Markus Schleinzer
- Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss, Victor Tremmel
Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.Alissa Simon, Variety, 02.13.2012
Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.Mark Jenkins, NPR, 02.16.2012
A hermetically sealed creep-fest that seems to have no desire to be anything more than just that.Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 02.15.2012
This coldly compelling film doesn't try to explain Michael's behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael's sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 02.14.2012