Einer von uns [One of Us] (2015)

Einer von uns
Director: Stephan Richter
Writer: Stephan Richter
Cast: Jack Hofer, Simon Morzé, Christopher Schärf, Dominic Marcus Singer, Birgit Linauer, Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Rainer Wöss
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 3.11.2015
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
A young boy is shot in a supermarket. Just before that happens, the summer holidays stretch seemingly endlessly before Julian (Jack Hofer). In his small town there is barely any place to hang out for teenagers like him, they usually meet in the supermarket parking lot. That’s where Julian meets Marko (Simon Morzé) who just returned from a youth detention center, and through Marko Victor (Christopher Schärf) who is older but likes to be the big guy amid the teenagers. There is not much else that one can aspire to where they live. Select few, like Michael (Dominic Marcus Singer) find a job – in Michael’s case in the supermarket. For the local police, especially for Georg (Rainer Wöss), the teens who are hanging out are an eyesore that should be banned. In the summer heat all of these things come together in an explosive mix.

Einer von uns is more or less based on an actual shooting that happened in Lower Austria in 2009, where the police shot a 14-year-old dead in a supermarket and injured a 16-year-old. Instead of reconstructing the particular events of that shooting, Einer von uns attempts to explain how such a shooting could happen with fictional characters in a real story. It’s a sensitive, critical and thoughtful attempt that I can only recommend watching.

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Michael (2011)

Michael is the first film written and directed by Markus Schleinzer, starring Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger and Ursula Strauss.

Plot:
Michael (Michael Fuith) leads a rather normal, if slightly withdrawn life. Apart from Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger), the 10-year-old boy who lives locked up in his basement. The movie chronicles a few months out of their lives together.

Ugh. Pedophilia is never an easy subject and Michael is a hard movie. It’s calm and collected and damn ugly. It is also very well made and effective. But it’s not really a film you can like.

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