DVD Release: Michael

DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

Michael movie scene

Michael Fuith stars in the German drama Michael.

The 2012 German drama Michael focuses on a five-month period in the life of seemingly meek insurance agent (Michael Fuith) with a dark secret: he’s a homosexual pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement.

Disturbing? Yes. But not to the critics, who praised the film when it was screened at the major international film festivals in Cannes, Moscow, Paris, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and London. In their notices, many film journalists compared debuting filmmaker  Markus Schleinzer’s suspenseful and unnerving style to that his fellow German filmmaker Michael Hanake (Tthe White Ribbon). The film later opened on a couple of screens in U.S. theaters in February, 2012 to positive reviews from Stateside scribes.

Writer/director Schleinzer is best known overseas as the German film and television industry’s leading casting directors.

Presented in German with English subtitles, the DVD of the unrated film has no bonus features.

Here’s a trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.