Martina Gedeck, Nina Hoss in “Elementarteilchen” BR720 [2006 Germany]

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Oskar Roehler’s 2006 black comedy, “Elementarteilchen” [Eng. Title: The Elementary Particles] is a study of two half-brothers, each with a completely different character and outlook. Michael, the younger one is a successful scientist-chemist, while the elder Bruno, played by the brilliant Moritz Bleibtreu, is interested in nothing much apart from sex. He’s shallow, bigoted, and incapable of hanging on to a relationship, until he meets Christiane, a married woman going through separation, played by one of the lovely Martina Gedeck. He meets her for the first time at the nudist camp while she’s having sex with a boyfriend by the pool - and they instantly hit it off.

Mr. Bleibtreu won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for this film. But I was also impressed by the screenplay and direction – the way it succeeds in connecting us with all the main characters – it’s a shame the film didn’t win a Golden Bear as well. Highly Recommended Viewing..!

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