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Elementarteilchen (2006)

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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... Bruno
... Michael
... Christiane
... Annabelle
... Jane
... Brunos Vater
... Dr. Schäfer
... Michael - jung
Thomas Drechsel ... Bruno - jung
... Sollers
... Prof. Fleißer
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Yogini
Ulrike Kriener ... Annabelles Mutter
Katharina Palm ... Schwester Clara
Jelena Weber ... Annabelle - jung
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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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Oskar Roehler had worked on the script for three years before he started shooting the film. See more »

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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 »

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

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"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 »

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Performed by Saint Pauli
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Not for everyone
10 October 2006 | by See 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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