Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2010)
In this edgy comedy drama from director Maren Ade, Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) are a couple whose relationship has more than its share of ups and downs; she works as a publicist for a rock group whose career is going nowhere in particular, while he's an architect who hasn't been able to persuade anyone to build one of his designs just yet. While Gitti's career isn't much, it's enough to give her head-of-the-household status, to Chris' chagrin. Chris and Gitti are spending some time at his well-to-do family's summer home in Sardinia, and they seem to be getting along relatively well until they meet another couple vacationing nearby, Hans (Hans-Jochen Wagner) and Sana (Nicole Marischka). Hans is an architect like Chris, but unlike Chris his career is in high gear, while Sana is a well-respected artist. Hans isn't afraid to display his alpha-male status in their relationship, and Chris' attempts to emulate him add to the tension between him and Gitti, while she isn't sure what to make of a couple who seem so outwardly happy. Alle Anderen (aka Everyone Else) was an official selection at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
Like Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence, Ade's film is as unpredictable and ambiguous as it is raw.
It's about private, emotional phenomena: the tiny tremors and imperceptible shifts that bring a couple closer together or drive them apart, almost without their noticing.
This is a film that will surely try the patience of some, but there's wisdom here: jagged shards of wisdom, at the very least.
Resolutely odd, near static at times and yet strangely effective, Everyone Else goes nowhere in particular, but then that's the point.
It's an impressive achievement: The film reveals things about each person's inner world, and how it looks to the other, without making us feel as if we're lost in a house of mirrors.
All that's certain is that we're getting to know these two characters exceptionally well and that their tics and flaws are as recognizable as our own.
It has some stiffness around the edges, but its emotional truth is beyond reproach.
...there are some authentic moments as this charts the drip, drip, dripping dissolution of a romance.
They are uncomfortable together, even more uncomfortable with themselves when they are alone. They are also awkward with their friends. Have I left anything out?
Don't be fooled by the eye-candy..the interpersonal wars being fought on a micro-scale in this film are as intense as anything in Restrepo or The Hurt Locker.
If you haven't been in this relationship, then you surely know someone who has: Chris and Gitti are as recognizably human as a glance in the morning mirror, and just as strangely distorted.
Maren Ade's sophisticated, incisive storytelling relies not on screaming matches but on the leads' marvelous attunement to each other, the ways in which they snag on the barest flickers of intimated feeling in each other's performances.
Is this Germany's answer to the American "mumblecore" movement? When the digital-video-shot "Everyone Else" (2009) begins, we have no idea who the attractive, young couple front and center are, what they do for a living or where they are, for that matter.
Maren Ade's moody character study evokes such classics as Voyage to Italy, Knife in theWater, and L'Avventura in its romantic ennui...
Director-writer Maren Ade creates a true "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" story
...one of the best dissections of a male/female relationship that has ever been committed to film.
She's needy, he's mean, they gradually get on each others' nerves. And we get to watch. Filmmaker Ade is a talent to keep an eye on.
Feels less like voyeurism than symbiosis, merging spectator and spectacle until the boundary between them starts to dissolve.
Audience Reviews for Alle Anderen (Everyone Else)
an excellent drama about the power struggle we know as romantic relationships in the brave new milleniumMore
Once again the description of this film seems to be completely out of touch with reality. A young couple, on holiday in Sardinia, explores their feelings for each other and mainly tries to avoid interaction with the other couple. The two men share their profession; they are architects. Chris (Lars Eidinger) is less successful than the older Hans (Hans-Jochen Wagner), so there is some professional jealousy that comes into play. The scenery is idyllic, the acting adequate, and the story is slow moving. But still, for all that it kept this viewer engaged. It was interesting to see the two younger people test their relationship and to watch it mature, ever so slightly.More
While not having much in the way of a plot, the well-observed "Everyone Else" is not a love story. It is a relationship story. Gitti(Birgit Minichmayr) and Chris(Lars Eidinger) are on vacation at his mother's vacation home. Back home in Germany, they are not cohabitating yet(Gitti pops the question) and are still using condoms.(Better to be safe than sorry.) In fact, this might be the first time she is meeting some of his family and makes quite the impression on his sister's(Carina N. Wiese) family. Chris and Gitti are comfortable with each other, not having any more questions that need answering. The only time we learn anything is when they are in the company of other people, letting us know they are in Sardinia, for example.(I really do have to get out more.) Chris is an architect, just starting out, who has lost a competition at home but may have a chance to remodel a local villa. His style to plan things out to the last detail may make his dating a free spirited woman a little odd on the surface(and vice versa), but he has not yet figured out exactly what his tastes are, just as long they are not the same as his mother who collects little figurines.More
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