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.
A subtly humorous, cruelly meticulous study of the contradictory desires of a couple searching for their own identity. An intimate love story that plunges into the depths of a relationship and reflects the emotional disorientation of an entire generation. Maren Ade: “I wanted to make a film about the convoluted yet unique entity that is represented by two people in a relationship. The main character of the film is not so much an individual as a couple.” –Berlinale
Maren Ade is a director, scriptwriter and producer. She was born in Karlsruhe in 1976, and lived there until she took her final school examinations. Ade was already interested in film during her schooldays, often going to the cinema and using her super 8 video camera to make a first, half-hour film “with friends by the local quarry pond” about a girl who refuses to speak. Immediately after finishing school, Ade spent several months as an intern at Claussen+Woebke Filmproduktion in Munich. From 1998, she studied (initially) in the Production class at the Munich University of Television & Film (HFF). In 2000 she made and wrote the screenplay for her first short film as a director, Ebene 9, which was premiered at the Hof Film Festival. In the same year, together with fellow student Janine Jackowski, Ade founded the production company Komplizen Film. Together with this company, she has produced all of her own films to date, as well as several films by other directors. Her transfer… read more
The movie is maybe a bit too simple but the lead actress is really impressive. There is something deeply touching in the way she sees this man, loves him so much and jumps out of an open window. Actually she might be acting too well for the sake of the movie because Everyone Else becomes All but Gitti in my mind : that's how much she impressed me.
Quite an observation about the sacrifice of confidence in relationships. A dinner table balances out two couples, each side displays one of confidence and one of dependence. One of foresight, one captured within the turmoil of now. When one person leaves, whom shifts to the other side of the table to tip the scales? Only with the recognition of self-arrogance is one able to trace back towards humility. Insightful!
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