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Michael @ Renoir Cinema

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久しぶりに映画館で見た映画がこれ、オーストリア映画の「Michaelミヒャエル)」。この映画は、キャスティング・ディレクターとして、ミヒャエル・ハネケ監督の『ピアニスト』や『白いリボン』等60本以上の映画製作に参加してきた、Markus Schleinzer(マルクス・シュラインツァー)の初監督作品。2011年カンヌ映画祭の招待作品にも選ばれた。保険会社で働く、几帳面で一見大人しそうな35歳の会社員のミヒャエルと、彼が自宅地下に監禁している、誘拐してきたとおぼしき10歳の少年Wolfgang(ウォルフガング)の、5ヶ月間の奇妙な関係を淡々と描いている。ミヒャエルが少年の名前を呼ぶシーンは作中になかったと思うので、子供の名前はここではあえて使用しない。


オーストリア少女監禁事件にしろフリッツル事件にしろ、近年話題になった監禁事件は、奇しくも共にオーストリアが舞台。「ミヒャエル」もこの少女監禁事件がヒントになったと思われるが、実際の被害者の経験は、ある意味美化されているこの映画より、もっと悲惨だったらしい(Mは彼女の書いた本「3,096 days」を読んで教えてくれた)。まあ一般公開される映画では規制があって、陰惨で衝撃的すぎるシーンは上映できないのだろうな。

This is the movie we saw in a cinema after a while, Austrian movie “Michael“. This is a debut film by Markus Schleinzer, who participated in over 60 feature-film projects including Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon, and premiered in Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The movie emotionlessly and detachedly describes the last five months of 10-year-old Wolfgang, a kidnapped boy, and 35-year-old kidnapper / child molester Michael’s life together. There is no scene that Michael calls Wolfgang by name, as far as I remember, so I don’t use the the kid’s name here.

Michael, a seemingly meek insurance agent who lives mandane life, has a dark secret: he’s holding a boy captive in a locked room in his basement. Michael’s life is a repetition of attending work, returning with his shopping to cook dinner in his neat and tidy home in boring and doomy Austrian suburb. In the movie, Michael is neither violent or agressive toward the boy, but behaves rather fatherly; patting on a head, preparing dinner and cleaning up dishes together, sometimes play together. Kid’s room is spacious, clean and neat, though there is no windows and always locked, but there are toys and TV. Michael cuts the boy’s hair, celebrate Christmas together, and even takes a trip to a mountain. However, he is still an abuser. The boy spends all day alone in a basement until Michael comes back, without being able to see his parents and friends and freedom to go anywhere. He is totally helpless and has no other choice but to obey what Michael orders him, including Michael’s sexual gratification. There is no explicit scene but it is implied – it is quite disturbing. TIt is heartbreaking to se the boy’s face when he was demanded to do what he really doen’t want… Michael is also a control freak – everything has to be in order. Though he seems gentle, but in fact he controls every aspect of  the boy’s life. He sometimes shows some humane side, such as crying alone, but I can’t comprehend his psyche that allows him to destroy little boy’s happy life otherwise and to give a psychological torment. I can’t say  how the move ends, though I desperately want to, but Michael pays the price of what he did. However, I hate the ending like this, suddenly screen blackened, and doesn’t show what really happened to the boy!! Now I have mental indigestion…

Recent two notorious confinement cases of  Natascha Kampusch case and Fritzl case both happened in Austria coincidentally. “Michael” resembles the Kampusch case, but what Natascha actually experienced was much worse in compare to this rather moderated and neutralised movie (M read her book 3,096 days and told me what happened). I guess a film, seen by general public, has certain restriction and can’t show scenes too horrifying and upsetting.

The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) by Michael Haneke @ Barbican Cinema

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オーストリア出身のミヒャエル・ハネケ監督の新作で、2009年度の第62回カンヌ国際映画祭でパルムドール(最高賞)を受賞した作品、「The White Ribbon / Das weiße Band」(ホワイトリボン)を、バービカンシネマで見た。




We saw “The White Ribbon / Das weiße Band”, winner of the Palme d’Or at 2009 Cannes Film Festival, by Austrian director Michael Haneke, at Barbican Cinema.

The story takes place in a small Protestant village in northern Germany in 1913-14, just before the World War I breaks out. Among the people who live there are a baron who own large estate, a strict pastor with many children, a widowed doctor, a midwife, and their children, and a unmarried schoolteacher who tells this story many years later. Since the first incident happened, the doctor falls down from his horse and is severely wounded by wire placed at the entrance of his house, a string of disturbing and distressing accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a ritual of punishment and torture. No one knows who is the perpetrator, and villagers in this highly moralistic and stiff community worry and feel uncertain. Then the World War I started and the mysteries remain unsolved and forgotten in the excitement of the war.

The title “white ribbon” comes from the episode that the pastor tie a white ribbon to the arm of his two children as a constant reminder of their duties to purity. But these kids, who should be ‘pure’, are the possible offenders of this horrific incidents and act very suspicious. And these children are the ones who grow up in the rise of Nazism and Fascism; this infers future brutality and what former children are capable of during the time of Nazis.

Suppressed cruelty – there are no scenes of actual violence. But the black & white footage enhances unseen chilling horror. As in his other his films, Haneke never reveals who did these crimes, so the viewers have to guess ourselves (and it is a bit frustrating). It is a long movie, about 2 hours and half, but it didn’t bore me at all – one of the best work of Haneke for me and it deserves to Palme d’Or.

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