The Elementary Particles (2006)

The Elementary Particles




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With his bittersweet, German-language tragicomedy The Elementary Particles, writer-director Oskar Roehler brings to the screen Michel Houellebecq's popular seriocomic novel of two ill-adjusted siblings. Christian Ullmen and Moritz Bleibtreu portray, respectively, Michael and Bruno, half brothers who have each adjusted poorly to adult life, thanks in no small part to a cracked upbringing by their eccentric, social dropout mother. As the story opens, each brother experiences a personal crisis. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Houellebecq, Oskar Roehler
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as Christiane

as Annabelle

as Jane

as Brunos Vater

as Dr. Schäfer

as Annabelles Mutter

as Young Bruno

as Professor Fleißer

as Sollers

as Michael Jung

as Annabelle's Mother

as Annabelles Vater

as Sister Clara

as Young Annabelle

as Jane's Lover

as Annabelle's Doctor

as Hospital Doctor

as Gravedrigger

as Teacher

as Christoffersen

as Researcher

as Researcher

as Researcher

as Man On Housing Estat...

as Old Hippe Woman

as Hammet

as Grandmother

as Kate's Lover

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as Swinger Club Waitres...

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Critic Reviews for The Elementary Particles

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

October 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 3, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A depressing thinker of a film that also offers a little nostalgia to boot.

Full Review… | March 8, 2008
Calgary Movies

a hybrid of the morbid and the mordant, the decadent and the darkly delicious, which will not necessarily make you happy, but will certainly leave you satisfied.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

Grim, funny, moving and thought-provoking, Roehler's film will find some people who will rank it as one of their films of the year and others who will say that he has ruined Houellebecq's book.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006

Beautifully shot and impressively acted, this is an evocative and frequently moving film, though it's often hard to engage with its unlikeable characters.

Full Review… | August 3, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Elementary Particles

For some odd reason I am just hugely drawn to movies of this calibre. They intrigue me to no end, even though I may only know one actress from one of my favourite philosophical movies. Of course, I'm talking about Franka Potente...aka the Lola in Run Lola Run....which is a blatant ploy to make you lot check that movie out as well!

Regardless, as I watched this film it started out to be something I just wouldn't have expected it to be and I love the fact that it was in its original language with subtitles. I'd rather read than want to listen to some poorly dubbed version [ though most of the time one might want to question the translations ].

Back to the movie; it's a story about two half-brothers Michael and Bruno. When they were younger, their mother completely ignored them and didn't even let them find out about each other until well they were in early highschool at the latest. Both were left in care of their grandparents while she was into that 'hippy schieze' Bruno always complains about.

Bruno seems to be an english teacher in highschool who has fallen out of love with his wife and fails time and time again to find someone else to fill that void. Although, after much searching she basically falls into his lap and then the real interesting stuff starts to happen. His returning to 'the clinic' is not uncommon and he is always invited back there with all the lithium he wants with basically open arms from the nurses and Dr Schafer.

Michael is one of those really silent and extremely brilliant people who grows up to become molecular biologist who is still socially awkward after all those years. One day he leaves his work in Germany for a tenure and wants to return back to Ireland where he almost finished his other work. During this time he receives notice of his grandmother's grave having to be moved and coincidentally runs into his childhood sweetheart whose letters he had just read earlier.

It's interesting how something so sad can become endearing and even funny at some parts. All the actors do a wonderful job fulfulling the roles of these characters that become so believable that we can't help but want to help them out in some way.

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