Agnes and His Brothers (German: Agnes und seine Brüder) is a 2004 German dramatic film with comedic undertones directed by Oskar Roehler. It stars Martin Weiß, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Katja Riemann and Tom Schilling.
The story concerns the three very different Tschirner siblings: Hans-Jörg (Bleibtreu), who is a librarian and sex addict; Werner (Knaup), who is a politician in a troubled marriage with Signe (Riemann) and has a son, Ralf (Schilling) who despises him and enjoys humiliating him; and Martin (Weiß), who is now called Agnes after having a gender-reassignment operation. Agnes works as a dancer and is suffering from unrequited love. Together, they regularly visit their father, Günther. All three have different feelings for him — Martin/Agnes loves him, Werner sees him as a burden and Hans-Jörg flat out hates him.
Agnes and His Brothers provides examples of:
- Auto Erotica: Happens between Werner and Signe, though not played for fanservice. Signe has enough of Werner and wants to leave him once and for all. She gets in her car, and so does Werner. He then asks her just one thing before she leaves, and that's fucking her one last time. Surprisingly, she agrees, and they do it in the car. It takes them about 25-30 seconds. Then Signe leaves.
- Bad Dreams: Werner takes a gun and kills his wife and kids... in a nightmare, then wakes up from it.
- Bathos: Very dramatic things happen in this movie, and most of them are shown through absurd humor.
- Big Brother Instinct: Hans-Jörg mistakenly thinks that their father has always sexually abused Martin/Agnes and caused his gender change. It leads him to take a hunting shotgun and kill the father.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Tschirner family is epically screwed up.
- The Cameo: Til Schweiger plays the hot library girl's boyfriend.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Hans-Jörg masturbates in his library's toilets while peeping on the ladies.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Hans-Jörg. All. The. Freaking. Time.
- Exiled to the Couch: Signe forces Werner to sleep on the couch as their marriage goes downhill.
- Expy: Werner's storyline borrows heavily from Gary in Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections:
- The son spies on his father with video cameras that he has set up all over the house.
- The relationship with his wife has almost turned to hatred with his wife thinking of him as a loser.
- The wife bonds with the son on his "hobby" of spying thus stripping Werner of all authority.
- Extreme Libido: Hans-Jörg. Oh boy.
- Incest Subtext: 22-yeard old Ralf helping his mother Signe to apply sunscreen on her body. Yeah. Although it could be just yet another prank of Ralf to piss Werner off.
- Leitmotif: A song plays every time Hans-Jörg is Distracted by the Sexy (and it happens a lot).
- Nice Guy: Agnes is the nicest of the three siblings by far, with Werner being obnoxious to his wife and Hans-Jörg being a pervert.
- Not What It Looks Like: Hans-Jörg thinks Günther is sexually abusing Agnes by watching them from a distance outside Günther's home, while it's not what's actually happening.
- Patricide: Hans-Jörg takes a hunting shotgun and kills his father.
- The Peeping Tom: Hans-Jörg is an incurable pervert who enjoys peeping on the ladies' toilets at the library.
- The Prankster: Ralf hates his father Werner, and never misses an occasion to humiliate him with pranks, most of the time by filming him in embarrassing situations.
- Transgender: Martin had gender-reassignment surgery and now calls himself Agnes. And life's a hell for poor Agnes.