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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 »

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 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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

23 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Elementary Particles See more »

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Budget:

€6,000,000 (estimated)
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Medienfonds GFP See more »
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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

The first letter talking about the move to another grave of the brothers' grandmother says she has to be moved due to the construction of "Bundesstraße 17". Later the gravedigger says it's about "Bundesstraße 7" 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 »

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Storm
Written by Maximilian Olowinsky and Ralf Birkel
Performed by Saint Pauli
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you should try this one
9 March 2006 | by moritzbonn-1See all my reviews

only if you are able to deal with its strong topic. It's about the meaninglessness of being depressed in an unsatisfying environment built up by oneself. Two brothers Michael and Bruno grow up with different characters and backgrounds. What keeps them together is the inability to create a stable life on their own what can be predominantly deduced on a lack of mother love or interest. I don't want to go into detail or present any spoilers. Therefor check out other reviews. What I really appreciate is the surprisingly good work of all actors who do great in this movie. Especcially Christian Ulmen (who needs little words to say a lot)knows how to present Michael's character so perfectly that it's really a pleasure to watch him on the screen. I also like the development of the plot. You don't know how the characters will develop and how their story will end. Both brothers are not changing in big steps within the movie but in the end you are surprised how far they have drifted from each other.

Just watch it yourself to make your own opinion but please don't expect it to be to entertaining.


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