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Elementary Particles (Elementarteilchen)

Elementary Particles
Scene from "Elementary Particles" (photo © Constantin Film Production)

Michael and Bruno are two half-brothers who could scarcely be more different. Their mother Jane led a carefree life in the jet set – while her sons grew up separately with their respective grandmothers. While the introverted molecular biologist Michael devotes his main attention to genetic research rather than women, Bruno’s "contacts" with the opposite sex have been expressed more in his mind or in brothels.

Finally, however, each one of them meets the love of his life: Michael re-encounters his former school friend Annabelle, with whom he has shared a shy affection since his early childhood. In contrast, Bruno gets to know Christiane at an esoteric holiday camp; here is someone with whom he can finally live out his sexual obsessions. But their happiness appears short-lived – both women become seriously ill. Bruno and Michael face the ultimate decision: do they return to their former, familiar loneliness or accept a new kind of togetherness?


Oskar Roehler started his career as a screenwriter for various cinema films and directed his first feature, GENTLEMAN, in 1995. His film NO PLACE TO GO (2000), a very personal and sensitively told portrait of his mother, was Roehler’s breakthrough and received the German Film Award in Gold. His other award-winning films include: ANGST (2003) which premiered in the competition at the Berlinale in 2003, AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS (2004) which screened at the Venice Film Festival, as well as his film adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel ATOMISED (2006). JUD SÜSS - FILM OHNE GEWISSEN (2010) which also played in competition at the Berlinale was one of his most polarizing films. After SOURCES OF LIFE (2012) which premiered in Karlovy Vary in competition, OUTMASTERED is his latest film.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Oskar Roehler
Screenplay Oskar Roehler
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Peter R. Adam
Martin Todsharow
Ingrid Henn
Cast Jasmin Tabatabai, Corinna Harfouch, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Martina Gedeck, Nina Hoss, Franka Potente, Christian Ulmen, Moritz Bleibtreu, Tom Schilling
Producers Bernd Eichinger, Oliver Berben
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with MOOVIE
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2005 (In Competition), Copenhagen 2006, Warsaw 2006, Pusan 2006, Montreal New Cinema 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006
Awards Silver Bear Berlin 2006 (Best Actor: Moritz Bleibtreu)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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