I totally got surprised by this film, in a positive way! I haven't read the book, so I can only rate this film on it's own. I enjoyed acting and the story. I would sum it up as a dark comedy, about life, relationships, finding your own way in life... It asks questions which I sometimes ask myself, so I very much enjoyed it.
I have to be honest and disagree with many of the reviews here. I found the book to be awfully pretentious and very cold, not great at all. The film, on the other hand, managed to find some sort of emotional heart in the material and was a rare case of the movie adaptation being better than the book.
I watched the movie right after I finished reading the book which made a still lasting impression on me. This was a big mistake! If the book could be described as a rough and at times brutal weapon tearing your brain and exposing some of the deformed ideas, delusions and lifestyles of the western society, then this movie adaptation could be compared to a toy pistol. I did not watch it to the end.
Rarement personnage plus odieux (et finalement douloureusement pathétique) fut ainsi montré au cinéma, dans une production teutonne plutôt incertaine et bancale, somme toute sans réel intérêt ni envergure cinématographiques... www.cinefiches.com
Amo alla follia Houllebecq e sapevo sarebbe stato impossibile replicare con un film quello che con ogni probabilità è il suo capolavoro assoluto ma il risultato è perfino sotto alle mie deboli aspettative. Malgrado sia abbastanza fedele al romanzo in termini narrativi non ne possiede ''l'illimitato emozionale''. Poi cambiare così il finale è una bestemmia che snatura il poco di buono che era stato fatto.
Oh god I regret wasting time watching this. this is a bad film. The storyline is not only implausible, it moves turgidly and the acting is wooden. Gratuitously anti-feminist as well...It was getting worse so I switched it off after 50 minutes.
Da gusto verla aunque sea por ir recordando el libro. Por supuesto que el libro tiene mucho más contenido que la película que sólo son recortes aleatorios, sin embargo el arte de la película vale la pena y creo que las actuaciones sí captaron el espíritu de la escritura original.