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Atomised (2006)

Elementarteilchen (original title)
Two half brothers in Berlin, 30+, one an introverted scientist, the other a sexually frustrated teacher, have no love life. That's about to change.


Oskar Roehler


Michel Houellebecq (novel), Oskar Roehler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Bruno
Christian Ulmen ... Michael
Martina Gedeck ... Christiane
Franka Potente ... Annabelle
Nina Hoss ... Jane
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Brunos Vater
Corinna Harfouch ... Dr. Schäfer
Tom Schilling ... Michael - Jung
Thomas Drechsel Thomas Drechsel ... Bruno - Jung
Herbert Knaup ... Sollers
Michael Gwisdek ... Prof. Fleißer
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Yogini
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener ... Annabelles Mutter
Hermann Beyer Hermann Beyer ... Annabelles Vater
Jelena Weber Jelena Weber ... Annabelle - Jung


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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Oskar Roehler had worked on the script for three years before he started shooting the film. 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 »


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."

Screen 2

"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 »


The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
Performed by The Box Tops
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Very enjoyable, contemporary German cinema
9 November 2008 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

Other reviews suggested this film was based on a French novel. If so, I have not read it and have no intention to. I watched this film strictly as a stand-alone entity, not knowing much about its background and its director, Oskar Roehler. I watched it out of a liking for international cinema, hoping I would land a good one. And I did.

One can argue this is a serious film, on a popular subject: love and its impact on life. Apart from some minor 'imperfections', e.g. the physical resemblance of the brothers played by different actors portraying them in youth and adulthood, with one done right and the other out of whack, I find the film was very well done and it commanded my attention throughout all its 112 minutes.

Perhaps it strikes a chord with intellectuals - one brother is a renowned physicist and the other an academic. It is a film that engages you and makes you think and try to get inside the minds of the protagonists, played as two half-brothers with entirely opposite life styles. One more likable than the other.

I enjoyed this film greatly, and regarded it one of the few, memorable German films I have seen in recent years.

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Release Date:

23 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Elementary Particles See more »


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EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

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Medienfonds GFP See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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