Michael describes the last five months of 10-year-old Wolfgang and the 35-year-old Michael’s involuntary life together. –Austrian Film Institute
Born in Vienna in 1971, Markus Schleinzer worked as a casting director from 1994 to 2001.
During this time he participated in over 60 feature-film projects, including Jessica Hausner’s Lovely Rita, Hotel and Lourdes, Ulrich Seidl’s Dog Days, Benjamin Heisenberg’s Sleeper and The Robber, Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men, and Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf and The White Ribbon, for which he also cast the children, coached them and worked out their scenes with them.
Michael is his first feature film. –Michael Press Kit
Not as shocking as I tought it was going to be but it is undoubtly a tough watch and I really admire how the movie can disturb you and create a very unsettling atmosphere without actually showing any explicit situation of pedophilia, an extremely uneasy and gruesome subject to begin with. The acting and the situations were subtle but actually pretty good, being the relationship of Michael with Wolfgang the main focus
i watched it in angst and it managed to get me real angry, to get me to hate michael, to hate pickles, to hate insurance workers, blinds, garage doors, bunk beds, basements, bald guys who go skying, not nosy enough austrians, etc. that's the explanation to why i only gave it 3 stars. which, in turns, makes it magnificent.
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The opening scenes of Michael are deceivingly unremarkable. The title character returns home from a day at work where he is an insurance salesman. He proceeds through the exercises of home life… read review
You can feel your heart sink right as it starts. The steel blinds slowly come down, the sound proof doors are opened, and dinner is prepared for two. Average looking Michael… read review