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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?
Genre Drama, Love Story / Romance
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
Runtime 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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