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Atomised (2006)

Elementarteilchen (original title)
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 »

Director:

Oskar Roehler

Writers:

Michel Houellebecq (novel), Oskar Roehler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Bruno / Professor
Christian Ulmen ... Michael / Biologist
Martina Gedeck ... Christiane / Bruno's lover
Franka Potente ... Annabelle / Michael's girlfriend
Nina Hoss ... Jane / Bruno and Michael's mother
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Brunos Vater / Bruno's father
Corinna Harfouch ... Dr. Schäfer / Therapist
Tom Schilling ... Michael / jung-young
Thomas Drechsel Thomas Drechsel ... Bruno / jung-young
Herbert Knaup ... Sollers
Michael Gwisdek ... Prof. Fleißer
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Yogini
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener ... Annabelles Mutter / Annabelle's mother
Hermann Beyer Hermann Beyer ... Annabelles Vater / Annabelle's father
Jelena Weber Jelena Weber ... Annabelle / jung-young
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

23 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Elementary Particles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,622,909
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Medienfonds GFP See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

There are two screens of text at the end the film and before the credits appear.

Screen 1

"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."

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"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.

By all accounts, he was happy there." See more »

Soundtracks

Without You
Written by Tom Evans and Pete Ham
Performed by Harry Nilsson (as Nilsson)
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Not for everyone
10 October 2006 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

I watched this movie at a preview here in Stockholm a week or so ago. The theater was filled with people and i must admit i never thought this kind of movie would have that kind of attraction on people.

I can start by saying that i really liked this movie. I'm not sure i was entertained by it, and many times it was not a pleasant experience, but still the overwhelming feeling is that i really liked it. This is not a movie for everyone though. A lot of people will probably have a hard time with the strange mix between comedy and tragedy, others will be put off simply because of the themes and the presentation. There is a lot of nudity here, a lot of explicit language and scenes that are disturbing in more ways than one. A lot of people will probably find it gratuitous, although i feel it's more a part of an uncompromising attitude towards the movie and the story.

The story revolves around two brothers, Bruno and Michael. Bruno is the brother that really stuck with me. Moritz Bleibtreu is excellent and the character really displays how the complexity of a human being can cause you to both hate and pity him. The other actors are also very good, which is probably necessary considering the subject of the movie.

I have to stress one last time that this is not a movie for everyone. And by that i don't mean that it's demanding in the sense that you have to be a film-student to appreciate it. Rather i mean that the themes and the presentation are probably too much for many people. This movie is rough around the edges, very blunt and raw. These are the characteristics i appreciate it for, but i realize other people won't feel the same way. My guess is that either you really like it or you hate it. But you'll never know until you watch it, and therefore i feel it's still a strong recommendation. 7/10.


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