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My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot (2018)

Mein Bruder heisst Robert und ist ein Idiot (original title)
Robert and Elena are twins entangled in a tale of puberty, philosophy and sexuality.


Philip Gröning


Philip Gröning, Sabine Timoteo (author) (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Mattes Josef Mattes ... Robert
Julia Zange Julia Zange ... Elena
Urs Jucker ... Erich
Stefan Konarske Stefan Konarske ... Adolf
Zita Aretz Zita Aretz ... Cecilia
Karolina Porcari ... Lehrerin
Daniel Zillmann ... Dicker Mann
Alicia Seyding Alicia Seyding ... Partykid
Moritz Leu Moritz Leu ... Partykid
Patricio Wiedermann Patricio Wiedermann ... Partykid
Tom Gramenz Tom Gramenz ... Partykid
David Zimmerschied ... Kunde der Elena will
Vitus Zeplichal Vitus Zeplichal ... Kunde 100 Euro
Nico Kreuzer Nico Kreuzer ... Florian
Henry Arnold ... Porschefahrer


Summertime. In the midst of undulating cornfields next to a country petrol station, 20ish Robert is helping his twin sister Elena prepare for her final school philosophy exam. They live in a world of their own. Sometimes they are tender to each other, other times quite violent. He likes to drink beer and talk about Brentano and Heidegger: 'The sense of being is time.' Certain rituals, games, and a love of betting connect them. She is jealous of her best friend, Cecilia and wants to know if he has slept with her but he's not telling. She challenges him to a bet: 'I'll sleep with someone - anyone - before I graduate.' If she loses, he will pick up the keys to the Volkswagen, the first car that the missing parents gave the children. If she wins, he has to ask her for something. It doesn't matter what, but it can't be an object. And so they have 48 hours left in order to get their heads around philosophy and win a bet. While she is trying on strangers, Robert hesitates between the roles ...

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Since director Philip Gröning couldn't find the perfect, his expectations fitting location for the film, he and his co-workers built the gas station at their own. See more »

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Absolutely stunning philosophical adventure
27 March 2020 | by alexlaggervSee all my reviews

This is the type of film that enables its viewers to completely immerse oneself in it. The great length of the film, nearly 3 hours, is essential because of its trancendental properties. If you want to watch it, you have to be open-minded. The beautiful cinematography, the very talented actors and the discussed philosophical issus ("What is time?") create an unforgetful enhancing experience.

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Release Date:

22 November 2018 (Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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