|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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great movieBy a customer from england , 17 Oct 2007This film was entertaning from start to finish.
Amazing film.By a customer from Bristol , 13 Oct 2007I think I can sum the film up by saying that I was so caught up in it that I forgot that it wasn't in English, and that it just flew by. Some great acting, and a thought provoking story, make this one of the best films I have seen in recent years. I will definitely track down and read the book. Superb!!
Love's RedemptionBy mattcole (4 reviews) from Kingswinford, West Midlands , 28 Jul 2007While a relatively faithful adaptation of the novel that made Michel Houellebecq an international literary superstar, Atomised is forced, as Franka Potente recognises in her interview, into dulling some of the difficulty of its source material. Houellebecq's novels are unremittingly pessimistic and, moreover, misanthropic. He never flinches from phrases, however inflammatory they might be, and there are echoes of this in Moritz Bleibtreu's impressive portrayal of the deeply-troubled Bruno. Yet it is clear that for Roehler, as he explains in the extras, the novel's great value is in its succinct encapsulation of a set of social observations and theories - in its utopian, or, better yet, dystopian vision. As such, it is perhaps a disappointment that a better interpretation of MIchael's scientific theories, and of the character's deep philosophical attachment to them, is not given in the film. Rather, Atomised in celluloid form works better as a character study, especially in the wonderfully tender moments between the two main couples. That in spite of the imperfection inherent in these people and their relationships, there is hope and understanding to be found in mutual affection and love is something that I think Houellebecq, especially in light of his two subsequent novels, Platform and Possibility of an Island, would no doubt affirm.
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Not as good as the bookBy a customer from Brighton, England , 25 Jul 2007Very interesting interpretation of the book. The director has made a good job out of it. Read the book though before or after because it goes much beyond what you see in the film. I enjoyed watching it though and I thought the actors were well chosen and the locations as well.
AtomazingBy born2run (82 reviews) from Isles of Scilly , 16 Jul 2007Bizarre at times, but edited brilliantly with some astonishing moments. The flashbacks are also well handled and the whole film had the same kind of feel as the book. Well worth hiring, off-beat, thought-provoking and intrigueing.