The Elementary Particles (2006)

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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. Geneticist Michael returns to his work in cloning after an extended period away from his Irish laboratory, but suffers in quiet desperation from his intense inner loneliness; he must soon leave the lab once again and head back to his hometown, where his grandmother's corpse is being disinterred from a cemetery. Upon arrival, he reencounters Annabelle (Franka Potente of Run Lola Run), an adolescent crush to whom he was never before able to express his romantic yearnings; they consummate an intense erotic affair, and remain together, but a troubled pregnancy renders her infertile and makes family conception an utter impossibility. Meanwhile, high school teacher Bruno (a married husband and father) is driven completely around the bend by sexual yearnings for his female students, and consequently suffers from a nervous breakdown; he checks himself into a sanitarium, then heads off on a bender at a swingers' retreat with a new lover, Christiane (Martina Gedeck) - but their pleasure is all too short-lived. Nina Hoss and Uwe Ochsenknecht co-star.
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Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Martina Gedeck
as Christiane
Franka Potente
as Annabelle
Nina Hoss
as Jane
Uwe Ochsenknecht
as Brunos Vater
Corinna Harfouch
as Dr. Schäfer
Ulrike Kriener
as Annabelles Mutter
Thomas Dreschel
as Young Bruno
Michael Gwisdek
as Professor Fleißer
Herbert Knaup
as Sollers
Tom Schilling
as Michael Jung
Urike Kreiner
as Annabelle's Mother
Hermann Beyer
as Annabelles Vater
Katharina Palm
as Sister Clara
Jelena Weber
as Young Annabelle
Deborah Kaufmann
as Hannelore
Shawn Lawton
as Walser
Simon Boer
as Jane's Lover
Uwe-Dag Berlin
as Annabelle's Doctor
Wilifried Hochholdinger
as Hospital Doctor
Dietmar Moessmer
as Gravedrigger
Simon Licht
as Teacher
Hussi Kutlucan
as Italian
Joachim Kretzer
as Christoffersen
Reiner Heise
as Researcher
Christian Schmidt
as Researcher
Manfred Möck
as Researcher
Thomas Huber
as Researcher
Bernd Stempel
as Man On Housing Estate
Ingeborg Westphal
as Old Hippe Woman
Simon Newby
as Hammet
Ursula Karusseit
as Grandmother
Dieter Bach
as Kate's Lover
Mirko Wendt
as Annabelle's Dancing Partner
Tyra Misoux
as Swinger Club Waitress
Dominique von der Heidt
as Swinger Club Barwoman
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Critic Reviews for The Elementary Particles

All Critics (7)

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October 29, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | August 2, 2006
Time Out
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A depressing thinker of a film that also offers a little nostalgia to boot.

Full Review… | March 8, 2008
Calgary Movies

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Full Review… | December 6, 2007
Eye for Film

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
musicOMH.com

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Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Empire Magazine

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 who...is 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.

Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Bannan instant enigma- just add water

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