One of the greatest films of the functioning of relationships, attraction and rejection being so close, courage versus (self-)doubt and anxiety, closeness and strangeness. The best is the seemingly flatness of the dramaturgy, which doesn't impose on the viewers. Small everyday life scenes (partly with great humour) which show the abysses of relationships, but without losing hope, skillfully finding smart allegories.
Everyone Else tackles themes and situations that many other films attempt to tackle, but what is so refreshing about it is Maren Ade's approach. A film about a fragile couple and the shifts between near desintegration and intimate love (and what triggers those shifts) is not new, but the subtlety, honesty, depth, wisdom and richness of Ade's direction is striking. No wonder the whole world is amazed with her work.
Wenn ich nun schreibe, dass Maren Ades Filme von Einsamkeit, Kommunikation und Liebe handeln, ist das viel zu allgemein ausgedrückt. Dafür beobachtet sie zu genau und weiss alles Inszenierte kunstvoll vor uns zu verstecken. Ihre Filme, sie sehen dem Leben wirklich zum Verwechseln ähnlich! Und noch etwas: Bei aller Anschaulichkeit, verliert sie nie das grosse Ganze aus den Augen(...)
A realist drama capturing two individuals desire to be loved and the resentment towards their lover for leaving them unfulfilled. Great acting, some clear moments where the protagonists attempt to create love but cannot compromise their personas, to remain only in romantic purgatory, Ade unfolds a relationship's oscillation of desire and resistance, realistically and accurately.
8.5/10. Now this is what I call a good psychological drama. I never understood why Ingmar Bergman was supposed to be the master of the genre, in spite of having diligently watched dozens of his films. This is way more gripping, more complex, less stilted. And the characters' psychologies are ultimately less inscrutable.
Wonderful performances with characters made up of many layers of interwoven complexity. Hints of Godard as momosan already noted as well as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Two characters who love/hate/desire/despise each other move through the intricacies of their relationship. The ending may appear hopeful but is only another high before another crash. The blueprint for their time together now and into the future.
A good film about a horrible, fearful, self-loathing man with zero redeeming qualities who inexplicably persists in a relationship with a woman he doesn't love -- a woman of reasonable decency who persists in seeking intimacy and making herself vulnerable to him, confounding all logic. A really well-made film about these kinds of horrible relationships.