Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial bestselling novel, Atomised tells the story of two half brothers Michael (Christian Ulmen) and Bruno (Moritz Bleibtreu) - one is an introverted molecular biologist who is wrapped up in his genetic research that he shies away from intimacy, while the other is a slave to his sexual fantasies. Everything changes when both men, now thirty-something, find love in unexpected places. Questions of biological evolution, love and fate are raised in award winning director Oskar Roehler's striking film.
"Atomised" is a searching examination of what happens to damaged people in a society which stresses individual happiness and freedoms over social cohesion and the family unit. Two half-brothers, routinely parked by their self-seeking parents with older relatives, react differently to their abandonment- one becomes a reclusive maths genius who cannot relate to other people, the other a hopeless sex addict. The film charts their lives as they approach middle age, contrasting the sometimes comic escapades of Moritz Bleibtreu’s Bruno as he skirt-chases across middle-class Germany with Christian Ulmen’s Michael, who contemplates allowing the ice that encases his heart to crack as he meets his childhood sweetheart again. This yin-and-yang structure is a bit contrived, but there are good performances that make you care about the fate of the characters.