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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 ... 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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23 February 2006 (Germany)  »

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Elementary Particles  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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£25,823 (UK) (14 July 2006)
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Oskar Roehler had worked on the script for three years before he started shooting the film. 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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American Pie
Written by Don McLean
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Self Indulgent
5 August 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The Elementary Particles is a genuinely beautiful movie, well-shot and with several very powerful scenes; it also has two very strong lead performances. The first half is captivating and intriguing; unfortunately, that's where everything that's good about the film is. By the time the film was half-finished I was exhausted and felt like it was trying very hard to shock me. The real shame is that while the film feels like shock cinema, it actually deals with some very important and delicate issues - but it relies far too heavily on clichés and melodrama to allow for those to be taken seriously or create any real thought or debate. It's a self indulgent art piece that tries so hard to be artistic and tragic that it loses sight of what it actually wanted to say.


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