|Starring:||Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente, Nina Hoss|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|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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millaBy a customer from London , 02 Feb 2009husband is a big fan and this was a hidden gem of a movie. thought provoking and emotional the performances were individual, but had continuity. What a good movie.
a catastropheBy a customer from York , 01 Jan 2009Verry very sad mess - avoid avoid avoid.
Not my thingBy a customer from Nottingham , 29 Oct 2008Only when I'd started watching this, did I realise that I had already 'read' the book on which it is based. I didn't finish that either.
Very very depressingBy Kalina (30 reviews) from London , 14 Oct 2008Ok, so the film is absed on a book which is supposingly a cult book almost due to the fact that the author apparently captures all the traumas/dramas of this (our?) generation. Well, I'm no a depressed psycho nor I am int cheap provinsional fetish/swinger parties full of horrible looking Germans. There was not a single moment in which I could identify mysef with any of the charecters I also could not feel sorry for them since they were far to irritating. I'm not so sure what all the fuss surronding the book is about???
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Gratuitously PointlessBy a customer from Malvern Wells , 26 Aug 2008A weird account of the lives of two German half-brothers, introduced to each other before being abandoned by their hippy mother. Frankly, I don't blame her, as neither of the central characters have any redeeming qualities - OK the nerdy bother is harmless, and becomes quite likable by the end. However the plot never seems to get anywhere. Filled with mildly unpleasant gratuitous imagery e.g. a cat being hammered to death for witnessing one brother masterbate. A must-see if you like that sort of thing, but not my taste. Good music is the film's only redeeming feature.