Chichester Cinema at New Park

Michael


PLEASE NOTE that this film has been delayed by the distributor and will not be screened as per programme.





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

Thirty-five-year-old office worker Michael (Michael Fuith) returns at night to his anonymous home. He brings in the groceries, cooks dinner and lays the table for two.

Opening the locked door in his basement, he calls out into the darkness. Only then do we realise that his dining companion is actually a 10-year-old boy, Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger), whom several months earlier he abducted and imprisoned.

Observing how the captor and his prey spend time together – watching TV, visiting the zoo, carrying out household chores – the chilling realisation dawns that Michael is striving for what he believes to be a ‘normal’ domestic relationship. Schleinzer (a former casting director to Michael Haneke, whose clinical influence is plain to see) refuses to exploit his chilling scenario; he neither moralises nor attempts to shock. Skilfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil. (subtitles)



PLEASE NOTE that this film has been delayed by the distributor and will not be screened as per programme.

Austria Flag Austria · 2011 · Markus Schleinzer · 94min

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