|Starring:||Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente, Nina Hoss|
|Genres:||Drama - Comedy, World Cinema - Italian|
|Studio:||MOMENTUM PICTURES HOME ENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Oct 2006|
|Main languages:||German, English|
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AtomisedBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 20 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Atomised is one of those frustrating films. I want to like it because the acting is uniformly excellent and I can see that there's a great film in it. It's just that Atomised is not that great film.
It's about two half brothers (Moritz Bliebtreau and Christian Ulmen) and their relationships with each other and their respective partners. Sadly this gets buried under pretentious musings on genetics, race, history and other things with Roehler seldom finding moments of connection between the characters.
It would be a dead loss without the stellar cast. Bliebtreau is fantastic as troubled older brother Bruno, further making the case that he's among the best actors working in Germany. Ulmen also puts in a strong shwing and his scenes with Franka Potente are the most engaging in the film as it leaves the psychobabble alone for a while for an affecting portrayl of childhood sweethearts coming back together.
In smaller roles there are strong contributions from Martina Gedeck and Corinna Harfouch.
It's Nina Hoss though who represents the missed oppurtunity. She brightens up the film for far too short a time with a flighty turn as Bruno and Michael's hippy chick mother. A film about her as a parent would probably be a hell of a lot more entertaining than a film about her f**ked up offspring. Sadly Atomised is the latter.
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Read the book first then watch the film.By adiolisha (2 reviews) from London, England , 07 Mar 2013Great book! cool film.....it's one of those situations where to totally understand the depths of both characters one should read the book first, don't get me wrong the film was good and it's interpretation I guess as good as it could be...having read the book I knew what was coming and understood the plot and characters even more so.
And why is the title written over the best bit ?By Spoonman71 (8 reviews) , 12 Jul 2012(On the cover I mean)
If you've read the book before you see the film the first thing you'll notice is that there are simply a lot more words in it.
Admittedly these days films are often dumbed down for the less literate American audience and the working classes, but even so many films (often with Emma Thompson in) seem to have a wealth of larger and longer words in throughout.
Some directors like Kevin Smith even take the time to rewrite their films, sometimes up to 3 or 4 times over, squeezing even bigger, more extraneous vocabulary into an already overlong and often totally preposterous misunderstood 'man-as-boy' conceit.
To be fair he also uses a lot of profanity which we also get here. In a way it's funnier when you see such words written down in subtitle form, especially if viewing with one's parents.
However despite the visibly filthy language in this film it simply fails to engage or arouse as much as the cover may lead you to expect.
Thumbs down. A missed opportunity. 1 star.
Different and alternative erotic drama.By Bobsview (554 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 03 Apr 2012Erotic tragic psycho drama. German with sub titles. I have watched this film twice now -rented it again by mistake! But enjoyed it a little more second time around. This is a highly alternative film that would not appeal to most people. The two brothers are both completely messed up by dysfunctional parents who abandoned them. One of the brothers is an introverted asexual and frustrates the love of his life, and the other is a totally selfish individual incapable of love but is a slave to his sexual fantasies. This gives the producer an excuse to indulge in his own sexual fantasies at frequent intervals!. Tragedy and disaster are never far away for both of them except that the introvert does invent genetic coding on the side! It's watchable and not as bad as many of the reviews suggest but you need broad tastes and it is not for those who like a happy ending.
Seeds from the same PodBy a customer , 04 Jan 2012The film presents us with two narratives as the half-brothers Michael, a biologist, and Bruno, a lecturer in literature,tell of their progress towards maturity. They are linked by their incredibly selfish mother,a hippie out of her time,who has never deviated from her desire to live a bohemian lifestyle.
Their mother is the agency by which the half-brothers meet as they have been put with two different grandparents. It is obvious that neither of the brothers likes his mother although they like each other well enough. Of the two,Michael is the more intense as he can shut off his mind from anything which gets in the way of his research into cell cloning; Bruno has always had rather disturbing sexual fantasies which have dominated his life and will eventually lead to a complete breakdown. Both have happiness taken away from them but only one develops a fairly balanced life later on.
Because of the subject matter,the film is very intense and involved as it probed the inner psyche of the two brothers to examine,perhaps,why one coped with a difficult start and the other did not. Both meet women who are stable,understanding and loving; Michael meets up again with his childhood friend,Annabelle,and they make a go of it in adulthood whilst Bruno meets Christina at a hippy-style 'love camp' and she almost mothers him. She is really just what he needs without fantasising. However,she harbours a terrible secret which tests his love for her.
This is a film which is rich in character development and is Bergmanesque in places as it deals with very raw emotions very intensively. It is sometimes not comfortable, wrestling with the brothers' different reactions and interactions with the different worlds in which they find themselves. The waves of life sometimes leave a body safely on the shore but drowns others in its toiling currents.
Lobotomised more likeBy Oldbloke (308 reviews) from Sidmouth , 16 Nov 2011The story of two half brothers who, as fatherless children were abandoned by their hippy mother and who as adults are completely lost in the world. One is a racist, sex obsessed, suicidal psychotic, the other a socially inept, emotionally stunted scientist. Their sorry lives are given brief hope by two mature and very understanding women, but happy endings are never on the agenda. Based on some incomprehensible European tome, I have no idea what this is trying to say about the human condition. What's the point? Well, it's certainly different and the top quality German cast kept me interested throughout. Bleibtreu in particular, performs a minor miracle in making the dreadful Bruno a genuinely tragic and sympathetic character.
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