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Critics are in two minds about MICHAEL - a film which studies the life of a paedophile from afar – from first time director Markus Schleinzer.
For Robbie Collin in the Daily Telegraph the difficult subject matter has been made into compelling, if difficult film…
The ending delivers the gut-wrenching catharsis we crave, but with an acid afterburn. This is heart-stopping, mind-frazzling cinema; hard to recommend but even harder not to.
But Ryan Gilbey in the New Statesman is hanging back even further than Schleinzer…
Markus Schleinzer, is straight out of the Michael Haneke School of Fun: his camera holds steady and hangs back, cataloguing mundane rituals without the inflection provided by a score … Would that the pupil had paid closer heed to his teacher. Can you imagine a film that’s both oppressive and superficial? A portrait of a predatory paedophile that is throwaway, even glib? This is Michael.
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