Review: Elementarteilchen

Michael Djerzinski (Christian Ulmen) is more than introverted. He is a scientific genious, but apparently unable to enjoy life or at least laugh sometimes. When his canary dies, he instantly drops him into the trash without hesitation. Reasonable… what else should he do?

In contrast, his half-brother Bruno Klement (Moritz Bleibtreu) succumbs to the attraction of one of his female students, writes discriminating literature in his spare time and calms his baby with tranquilizers. After his approach to the student is dramatically rejected, he ultimately becomes a human wreck.

“Elementarteilchen” tells the story of those two brothers, their history and their relationships. Basically every character in this movie is mentally disordered. Everyone, really. This sickness is what makes the movie interesting.

Unfortunately Bruno’s story is so sick that watching those parts isn’t really entertaining, but painful. The rest of “Elementarteilchen” moves between beautiful, beautifully sick and boring. “Elementarteilchen” is not a movie that one must have seen, but you won’t regret it either…