Michael and Bruno are half-brothers who have each adjusted poorly to adult life, thanks in no small part to a cracked upbringing by their eccentric, social dropout mother.

Geneticist Michael returns to his work in cloning after an extended period away from his Irish laboratory, but suffers in quiet desperation from his intense inner loneliness; he must soon leave the lab once again and head back to his hometown, where his grandmother's corpse is being disinterred from a cemetery.High school teacher Bruno is driven completely around the bend by sexual yearnings for his female students, and consequently suffers from a nervous breakdown.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Oskar Roehler

Written by: Oskar Roehler (based on the novel by Michel Houellebecq)

Cast: Moritz Bleibtreu (Bruno / professor), Christian Ulmen (Michael / biologist), Franka Potente (Annabelle / Michael's girlfriend)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2006