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Elementarteilchen (2006)

Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, this movie focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a ... See full summary »

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Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, this movie focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a hippie mother only caring for her affairs, Michael, a molecular biologist, is more interested in genes than women, while Bruno is obsessed with his sexual desires, but mostly finds his satisfaction with prostitutes. His pitiful life changes when he gets to know the experienced Christiane. In the meantime, Michael meets Annabelle, the love of his youth, again... Written by fippi2000

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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€77,356 (Italy) (23 April 2006)
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Director Oskar Roehler originally offered Moritz Bleibtreu the role of Bruno, but he turned it down because he thought the role of a sex-addicted loser looked too much like his role in Roehler's previous film Agnes and His Brothers (2004). Roehler gave Bleibtreu the role of Bruno's half-brother Michael instead, casting Christian Ulmen in the role of Bruno. Late into the rehearsals, four weeks before shooting, Bleibtreu and Roehler decided that Bruno would actually be a better fit for Bleibtreu and so Bleibtreu and Ulmen switched roles. See more »

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The first letter talking about the move to another grave of the brothers' grandmother says she has to be moved due to the construction of "Bundesstraße 17". Later the gravedigger says it's about "Bundesstraße 7" See more »

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Katja: [subtitled version] I do love Brazilian dancing. Because Brazil is full of energy.
Bruno Klement: F***ing Brazil is full of mindless fanatics, obsessed with soccer and motor-racing. We could go to Brazil together, Katja. We could drive through the favelas in an armored minibus and look at little 8-year old killers and little whores dying of AIDS at 13. Later we can hang out at the beach with filthy-rich drug dealers and pimps.
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Without You
Written by Tom Evans and Pete Ham
Performed by Harry Nilsson
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"Mysterious, literary, sensual and somewhat scientific..."
29 January 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter, journalist and director Oskar Roehler's third feature film which he wrote, is an adaptation of a novel from 1998 called "Atomised" by French author and filmmaker Michael Houellebecq. It premiered In competition at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in 2006, was shot on locations in Germany and is a German production which was produced by German filmmaker and producer Bernd Eichinger (1949-2011) and producer Oliver Berben. It tells the story about a troubled literature teacher named Bruno Klement who lives with his wife and their infant in Berlin and a driven scientist named Michael Klement who is resigning as the head of a biotechnical institute.

Subtly and precisely directed by German filmmaker Oskar Roehler, this finely tuned fictional tale which is narrated by and from the two protagonist's viewpoints, draws an intriguing portrayal of two half-brothers and their conflicting relationships with women. While notable for it's naturalistic and various milieu depictions, sterling production design by production designer Ingrid Henn, cinematography by cinematographer Karl-Friedrich Koschncik, costume design by costume designer Esther Walz and use of music, this character-driven and narrative-driven story depicts two interrelated studies of character and contains a great score by German composer Martin Todsharow.

This romantic, humorous and psychological drama from the late 2000s which examines the notion of artificial reproduction of organisms without sexual contact and the lives of two men in their late 30s, is impelled and reinforced by it's fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, atmospheric flashback scenes and the remarkable acting performances by German actors Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen and German actresses Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente and Nina Hoss. A mysterious, literary, sensual and somewhat scientific narrative feature which gained, among other awards, the Silver Bear for Best Actor Moritz Bleibtreu at the 56th Berlin Film Festival in 2006.


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