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ATOMISED aka ELEMENTARTEILCHEN
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Martina Gedeck, Franka Potente, Nina Hoss, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrike Kriener, Jasmin Tabatabai, Michael Gwisdek, Herbert Knaup, Tom Schilling, Nina Kronjäger
Director: Oskar Roehler
Language: German (English subtitles)
UK: 109 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex, language and nudity
UK Release Date: 14 July 2006
Based on the controversial bestseller, Michel Houellebecq's cult novel, Atomised tells the story of half brothers, Michael (Christian Ulmen) and Bruno (Moritz Bleibtreu). Their mother (Nina Hoss) has neglected them choosing instead to lead a carefree jet-set life and leaving them in the care of separate grandparents. Introverted molecular biologist Michael is so wrapped up in his genetic research that he shies away from intimacy while Bruno is a slave to his sexual fantasies.
Everything changes when both men, now thirty-something, find love. Michael happens to re-unite with his childhood sweetheart, Annabelle (Franka Potente) and Bruno meets Christiane (Martina Gedeck) who shares and enjoys his sexual obsessions. Although it seems that luck is finally on their side, by a cruel twist of fate, both relationships take a different path and Michael and Bruno must decide whether they can handle the changes or return to their lonely lives.