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Michael

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An unflinching look at a hard-to-stomach topic

An unflinching look at a hard-to-stomach topic, Austrian writer/director Markus Schleinzer’s unforgettable debut takes its stylistic cues from the calculated cruelties of Michael Haneke (for whom Schleinzer worked as a casting director), and its inspiration from the real-life horror of kidnappers such as Josef Fritzl.

The title character (Michael Fuith) is an office drone of no distinction who spends his evenings watching TV with the 10-year-old boy he keeps locked in his basement. Though what follows gives new meaning to the term “the banality of evil”, believe us: you will flinch.

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