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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 »


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 »


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 »


It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Dr. Will
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read the book, forget about the movie...
20 September 2007 | by max4719See all my reviews

I really looked forward to this film because I've read the book of Michel Houllebecq and this book was quite an interesting piece of literature...written in a very direct and unusual way, compelling, intellectually challenging. But still...this comment is not about the book so a few words about the film: My impression was that they failed to create the typical kind of atmosphere that you experience reading one of Houllebecqs novels. the story often seemed to be an arbitrary mix of some scenes of the book...needless to say - having read the book I knew the deeper sense behind many scenes but I guess without that I would have asked myself quite often...'what has this to do with the rest of the film and why should this be of any interest??' This film never really convinced me nor caught my interest and I think the only remarkable thing about this movie was the solid acting performance of Moritz Bleibtreu in the role as "Bruno". So, all in all it is maybe a better choice for you to grab the book out of the shelf instead of wasting your time with this second-class interpretation.

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German | English

Release Date:

23 February 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Elementary Particles See more »


Box Office


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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