|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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AtomisedBy noonquest (7 reviews) from BATTLE , 16 Aug 2008Its all been said in previous reviews, all I can say is see it for yourselves you will want to see it again in a couple of months.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008The whole thing is pretty cliched and insensitive. Maybe it is the German aspect of the film that is fairly indigestible but the sympathy for the characters is just not forthcoming. Are we supposed to feel sympathetic towards to the groping teacher or the nerd who seems to think that the future of human's rely on non-sexual reproduction.
It's probably one of those semi-arty films for those who haven't really thought too much about the futility of their existence.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I haven't read the book, and having watched the film, I feel the book was a pretext for making the film, which as a film is pretty thin.
The director tries to convey intellectual ideas through film. I got the sense of what being 'atomised' was all about, and there were a few things which moved me and made me laugh, but it was art house filmmaking at its most disappointing.
It's in German, with bits and pieces in English.
Read the book (forget the film)By Laszlo Ellingshanks from Cambridge, England , 18 Mar 2008Unwatchable film of an unfilmable book.
Periodically the main characters look perplexed and embarrassed. You will, too.
If you haven't read the book the film won't make much sense. If you've read the book, the film will irritate greatly.
(Gave it 5 stars just to make sure you got to read this. Ha.)
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Insightful and entertainingBy Whipster (663 reviews) from Shropshire , 05 Nov 2007Two half brothers meet having not known the other existed and we follow the past and present of each. Both tales reflect their faults and fascinations and both of them basically crave emotional attachment. Its a surprisingly interesting and entertaining movie, well acted throughout (as far as subtitles allow one to judge) and interspersed with humour and gentle eroticism. I enjoyed it.