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25 Ratings

My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot

Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot

Directed by Philip Gröning
Germany, France, 2018


Gröning’s screenplay centers on a brother and sister, Robert and Elena, 19-year-old twins, who spend one summer’s weekend at a petrol station out in the countryside cramming for Elena’s final exam in Philosophy.

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My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot Directed by Philip Gröning

Critics reviews

I did not stay long enough to witness what other critics have described as the film’s “torture porn” moments, precisely because I felt tortured enough just by the film’s first hour—one that felt as tedious to me as reading Heidegger (but considerably less profound).
March 21, 2018
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Anyone interested in a cinema that tries to wrestle with some of the big ontological and epistemological questions could do worse than give it a little time.
February 24, 2018
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