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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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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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American Pie
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Some will deny it, but most will find themselves in it
18 June 2007 | by VoiceOfEuropeSee all my reviews

Elementary particles starts out as a quest for existence and what this word really means. Two brothers (half-brothers to be precise) realize their lives are not what kids dream about however much they seem to fit in the „mechanism". One is having doubts about his devotion to chase his scientific pioneering while the other does not seem to find comfort in teaching literature any more while being constantly turned down by publishers and neglected by his wife. They both have to reach back to their roots to be able to find out where to go from here, though Bruno (Moritz Bleibtrau) does so amidst rather compulsive circumstances, in a clinic he ends up in. They have not been given much of a head-start in life with their capricious, self-indulgent, impulsive and utterly careless hippie mother who left them both with their troubled and lonesome adolescence. Life has taken no mercy either – that is not the nature of things. Michael (Christian Ulmen) however, finds some inspiration to carry on in the shape of an old, more-than-friend girl pal, while Bruno has to rethink and reestablish his everyday needs and desires. He is living his second childhood – a time without constraints but full of uncertainty and odd, unbalanced characters – trying to escape his feeling of being redundant. Oscar Roehler's stark and thick drama seems a little exaggerating, a bit too much, nevertheless depicts life as it is: after stripped from all the fake Christmas wrappers, often desperate, pitiful at most times and forgiving only every once in a while.


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