Society's to blame!
- Atomised review by Kurtz
"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.
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