Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film.
Objective, analytic, clinical, dispassionate-these are not words often used to describe something so engrossing and gripping.
A strange and agonizingly engrossing drama despite its repellent subject.
| Original Score: 3/4
Michael does have undeniable moral purpose. It forces us to ponder the way society chooses - another easy option - to comfortingly reclassify such perpetrators as monsters.
| Original Score: 4/5
Haneke without the soul, and if you've seen enough of that man's pictures, you can maybe perceive how unsettling the idea of a soulless Haneke sounds.
| Original Score: 5/10
Intentionally unnerving from the first moments, it's a hard movie to watch, but it's also fantastically, agonizingly suspenseful.
Mostly the picture is blank, a credible series of scenes that invite us to make of it what we will.
A brave, unavoidably distressing debut from Markus Schleinzer, sensitively acted and directed.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael has been forged in the Haneke mould, treating its incendiary material with an aloof, banalising calm and withholding any overt judgment or moral standpoint.
I can't recommend anyone shares 90 minutes of their life with Michael.
| Original Score: 2/5
There is a film to be made, grim and explorative, about paedophile abduction. Michael isn't it.
| Original Score: 1/5
Schleinzer could hardly have chosen a more difficult subject, but he treats it with an unnerving simplicity, shorn of sensationalism or obvious moral cues.
The film is not merely a chilling insight into the day-to-day banality of evil, but also an unbearably suspenseful and tense drama.
| Original Score: 5/5
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerful and chilling drama with a terrific central performance from Michael Fuith.
There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.
As horrifying and hard to watch as you'd expect a paedophile's-eye view of life to be. It's neither sensationalist nor trite, and the questions it asks are intelligent and thoughtful.
A mild-mannered Austrian paedophile imprisons a ten-year-old boy in his basement in Markus Schleinzer's chilly drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
This chilly, matter-of-fact portrait of a pedophile is as hard hitting as any tabloid hysteria. No solutions or explanations are offered, but sometimes nightmares are beyond comprehension.
The Banality of Evil gets full cinematic treatment in this skillfully made but unpleasant film.
A courageous essay on the power of the childlike and the horror of dysfunctional adulthood.
| Original Score: 8/10