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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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
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 »
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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This is a plodding, clueless adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's novel of the same name. It manages to include many of the book's dialogs verbatim, while completely missing its point. The main evidence is the outrageous change of the conclusion - the director just mined the novel for catchy phrases and totally refused to tackle its challenging ideas. Or rather he was not able to notice them. Even apart from that, the adaptation is dumb. One example: when Bruno describes to the psychiatrist the biological details of the decomposition of a human corpse, he uses lines that are there in the book, down to the moths with "the names of Italian starlets" - but they belong to the narrator, not to Bruno! Such knowledge is completely inappropriate for his character.
I don't mind the downplaying of the sex scenes - watch some porn if you have never seen it. The causality of the philosophy and culture of the times and the parents' lives on the lives of the main protagonists, the whole point of Michael's enigmatic life, the desperation of the obsession with sex and narcissism of the body, the sheer horror and cruelty of Bruno's existence, all this is downplayed to the point of absence. Houellebecq created a gripping world in his novel that you cannot shake off even if you think you know that he isn't right. The director produced a made-for-TV movie.
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