Everyone Else

Everyone Else

Everyone Else

A couple's relationship is tested as they bond with another couple on a Mediterranean holiday in this German drama from Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann).

"This film tells the story of Gitti and Chris, an odd couple who are battling their way through a holiday of secluded togetherness. It is an intimate portrait of two people as they can only be when alone: their secret rituals, their silliness, their unfulfilled dreams and their power struggles. A seemingly unimportant event – an encounter with another couple – serves to destabilise their relationship. Not only is the other couple more successful, the two also manage to conceal conventional gender roles beneath a modern façade. Taking a leaf out of the other couple’s book, Chris begins to show his wilful girlfriend who’s boss, with the result that Gitti’s faith in her partner takes a hard knock. She attempts to conform to his new ideal, but what begins as a playful experiment with a new role soon turns into a quiet struggle with her own personality. Although Chris begins to flourish in his role as the stronger of the two, and Gitti begins to loosen up in a completely new way, they are both in danger of losing themselves." (Berlin International Film Festival)

Winner of the Femina-Film-Prize for Production Design (Silke Fischer) and the Silver Berlin Bear Jury Grand Prix (Ade, tied with Giant), 2009 Berlin International Film Festival
2009Rating: MA15+, Strong sex scenes119 minsGermanyGermany and Italian with English subtitles
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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

More fascinating than enjoyable. Placing a youngish, newly formed couple under relentless observation, Ade's two-hour squirmathon gets a bit more intimate on the subject of intimacy than the viewer might wish.

Variety

Variety

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But by the second reel it becomes clear that writer-director Maren Ade’s sophomore feature (following her promising debut, “The Forest for the Trees”) is simply fuzzy filmmaking of the worst sort.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Everyone Else's power comes from the accrual of seemingly disparate incidents; a multifaceted portrait of the duo (and a larger examination of the ins and outs of any relationship) emerges amid all the sex, fighting, affection and insults.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Ms. Ade doesn't pretend to have an answer to our most profound questions about love in her plaintive scenes from a romance. But the wonderful last line - "look at me" - suggests one place to start.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Ade has an intense affinity for authentic, natural moments of interpersonal disintegration that’s miles above that other 2009 festival movie about love on the rocks.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A film that unsettles as often as it seduces, though it does very well with both.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Some might find the pacing a little slow, but patient viewers will be amply rewarded by the truth of the details this talented director has amassed over the course of the film's two-hour running time.

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

More fascinating than enjoyable. Placing a youngish, newly formed couple under relentless observation, Ade's two-hour squirmathon gets a bit more intimate on the subject of intimacy than the viewer might wish.

Variety

Variety

press

But by the second reel it becomes clear that writer-director Maren Ade’s sophomore feature (following her promising debut, “The Forest for the Trees”) is simply fuzzy filmmaking of the worst sort.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Everyone Else's power comes from the accrual of seemingly disparate incidents; a multifaceted portrait of the duo (and a larger examination of the ins and outs of any relationship) emerges amid all the sex, fighting, affection and insults.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Ms. Ade doesn't pretend to have an answer to our most profound questions about love in her plaintive scenes from a romance. But the wonderful last line - "look at me" - suggests one place to start.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Ade has an intense affinity for authentic, natural moments of interpersonal disintegration that’s miles above that other 2009 festival movie about love on the rocks.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A film that unsettles as often as it seduces, though it does very well with both.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Some might find the pacing a little slow, but patient viewers will be amply rewarded by the truth of the details this talented director has amassed over the course of the film's two-hour running time.

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