A Proustian plunge into the psyche of the father of the atomic bomb.
What responsibility do we have when we are on the verge of creating the most destructive weapon in the history of mankind? How can one love two women at once? These questions, though far apart, alternate in the mind of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, who goes far back in time in past centuries as he rides among the sharp rose bushes of the mountains surrounding the secret laboratories of Los Alamos, New Mexico. His entire life is tied to these rocky peaks: his first escapes as a suffering teenager, his love affairs, his reading of Hindu texts—the Bhagavad-gītā—until that tour de force that was the development of the first atomic bomb. Oppenheimer offers a meditative plunge into the inner self of one of the pioneers of nuclear physics, one of the last versatile scholars of the Western world, a Leonardo da Vinci with a piercing and charismatic gaze.