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
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.
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
Haneke fans will be impressed by this rigorous, finely acted study of a suburban paedophile. Skillfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil.
A fly-on-the-wall study of the behavior of a pedophile, "Michael" is a horror movie made up small moments.
| Original Score: A-
What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.