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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 »


Get It On
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
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Self Indulgent
5 August 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

The Elementary Particles is a genuinely beautiful movie, well-shot and with several very powerful scenes; it also has two very strong lead performances. The first half is captivating and intriguing; unfortunately, that's where everything that's good about the film is. By the time the film was half-finished I was exhausted and felt like it was trying very hard to shock me. The real shame is that while the film feels like shock cinema, it actually deals with some very important and delicate issues - but it relies far too heavily on clichés and melodrama to allow for those to be taken seriously or create any real thought or debate. It's a self indulgent art piece that tries so hard to be artistic and tragic that it loses sight of what it actually wanted to say.

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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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