The Michael Teaser Trailer has premiered. Markus Schleinzer‘s Michael (2011) teaser trailer stars Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Gisella Salcher, Ursula Strauss, and Victor Tremmel. Michael‘s plot synopsis: “the story of an insurance company employee who shares his life, forcibly, with a 10 year old boy [locked in his basement].”
Sexual predators are students of the world in which they inhabit. That sound proofing and the locks are very telling. When I see this “cold, remote and straightforward approach”, I think of One Hour Photo. I am looking forward to seeing where the kidnapper abducted Michael from and what mind set you have to possess to keep someone prisoner like that. In The Disappearance of Alice Creed it was for money, here its just sexual.
More about the film (some spoilers):
“Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic, spending five months in the life of a 30-ish pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement,” begins Alissa Simon in Variety. “Although it begins in medias res, Austrian writer-director Markus Schleinzer’s feature debut slowly reels viewers in with Michael Fuith’s strong lead performance, a creepy accumulation of ordinary detail and suspenseful twists.”
“Although Schleinzer is a first-time director, he was the casting director for films including Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf, and The White Ribbon, for which he also coached the children,” notes Barbara Scharres in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Watch the Michael teaser trailer below and leave your thoughts on it in the comments section. For more Michael photos, videos, and information, check out our Michael Page. Michael will be released in US theaters on October 14, 2011.