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 ...
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This drama focuses on three very different siblings, all searching for happiness. Hans-Jörg is a sex addicted librarian, who is interested in young students. Werner is a successful ... See full summary »
In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »
Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel "The Elementary Particles" published 1998. Staged by Théâtre du Nord in 2014. About Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed life and sexuality.
The story of the first cloned human being - told in her own words: At the age of thirty the world-famous composer Iris Sellin learns that she has an incurable illness. She - a person who ... See full summary »
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
In the scene where Christiane is waiting for Bruno's phone call in her apartment, the doorstep onto the balcony is clearly visible. A few moments later when she rolls outside in her wheelchair it has been replaced with a ramp. See more »
I do love Brazilian dancing. Because Brazil is full of energy.
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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There are two screens of text at the end the film and before the credits appear.
"About 45 years ago, the scientific community recognised that there was an elementary connection between striving for monopolies, dominance and resulting conflicts such as war, and sexual aggression."
"Michael Djerzinsky was awarded the Nobel Prize for his alternative concept for the reproduction of humankind.
His half-brother, Bruno spent the rest of his life in a psychiatric clinic.
A handsome looking film on the face of it, but to be honest, dead in the water. This isn't just because it's a misfiring literary adaptation. On its own the film fails to successfully blend the comedy and misery that its aiming for.
Alas, one serious failure is the acting. The high-profile Franka Potente's on the bill but has overdone the downplaying of her celebrity - she seems dour on-screen. Christian Ulmen is poor. Moritz Bleibtreu is the best although he's let down by the film's design.
This is really the point. The book gives us an idea of the utter misery of the modern world and its inevitability - the comedy comes from it. Bleitreu makes a good stab at embodying that but receives no support from director Oscar Roehler, with very long stretches (the curse of literary transposition) and flashbacks which aren't crafted or tailored with any sense of drama, let alone melodrama. 2/10
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