Agnes and His Brothers

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Three siblings blame their father for their dysfunctional lives. Hans (Moritz Bleibtreu) ogles every attractive woman who comes into the library and spies on them in the restroom. Werner (Herbert Knaup), a Green Party politico, seems put together but his home life is a disaster and his wife has an unhealthy relationship with their son. Agnes (Martin Weiss), formerly Martin before a sex change, pines for an American fashion designer who cannot fulfill his desires.

Cast & Crew

Martin Weiss
Agnes Tschirner
Moritz Bleibtreu
Hans-Jörg Tschirner
Herbert Knaup
Werner Tschirner
Katja Riemann
Signe Tschirner
Tom Schilling
Ralf Tschirner
Vadim Glowna
Günther Tschirner
Lee Daniels
Henry Preminger
Simone Hofmann
Film Editor
Sabine Rudolph
Production Design
Lucia Faust
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Critic Reviews for Agnes and His Brothers

  • It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after. But the actors give it force and depth.

    August 17, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film's outrageousness would be more palatable if leavened with more wit, or if the characterizations possessed more nuances.

    July 18, 2006
  • Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning.

    June 24, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • In shuttling between drama and farce, more than a few balls get dropped.

    June 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • There's fierce energy and -- thanks to the performances -- affecting emotion in the movie that almost makes you forget that Rainer Werner Fassbinder told a similar story much better 28 years ago with In a Year with 13 Moons.

    June 9, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • About halfway through, however, the story takes on more than it can handle, turning contrived and unbelievable in the process.

    June 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Agnes and His Brothers

  • Oct 05, 2011
    Weird German drama film about the Tschirner clan, what, consisting of neurotic transsexuals, sex-addicts and paedophiles, all hidden behind the facade of an average middle-class German family. I was shocked to see the different scenes were okay and awfully bad. I liked the cuts and transitions which interweave the lives of the brothers. The blending of three very different lives and personalities complete a fascinating portrait of a family. In a way it might have been "3 brothers and their father". I enjoyed Katja Riemann as the cold and frustrated wife, her scenes with Herbert Knaup are some of the best in the whole movie.
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  • Aug 16, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"Agnes and His Brothers" is a very, very thorough examination of sexual frustration. Werner(Herbert Knaup) is a politician who has probably not had sex with his wife, Signe(Katja Riemann), since the Berlin Wall came down. Adding to his problems is his elder son, Ralf(Tom Schilling), growing marijuana on the property. Werner's brother, Hans-Jorg(Moritz Bleibtreu), is a shallow creep who is transfixed by all the beautiful, tall, skinny, young and scantily clad women who frequent the library where he works.(Yes, it is okay to fantasize but voyeurism definitely crosses the line. And it's disturbing that both voyeuristic endeavors in the film concern bodily functions.) One of the movie's few bright spots is in not making Agnes(Martin Weiss), a post-op transsexual, any more pathetic than her brothers, Werner and Hans-Jorg, even though she is kicked out of her apartment early on by her boyfriend.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Agnes and His Brothers" is fairly awful for its first hour before gradually improving when it finally gets around to telling Agnes' story. But by that time, events have gotten out of hand and believability gets tossed out the window.[/font]
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