• 2011
  • Austria
  • 1h 36min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Markus Schleinzer
  • Cast: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain
  • Language: German
  • UK release: 2 March 2012

Michael (Fuith) is a 30-something office worker and kindly uncle who nevertheless keeps a 10-year-old boy (Rauchenberger) in a locked basement. Schleinzer will doubtless be pilloried for 'humanising' his protagonist, but this austere portrait of a sexual predator refuses easy options, conveying the true horror without a hint of sensationalism.

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