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Everyone Else

Year: 2009
Production Co: Komplizen Film
Director: Maren Ade
Producer: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger

There are few concepts funnier in cinema than the idea of a German romantic drama. It's like a movie about the successes of French bureaucracy or the subtlety of the American cultural consciousness.

The story is so deeply buried in daily happenstance between Gitti and Chris it's hard to know where they are, what they do or what they're going through. But after an hour or so you learn Chris is an architect up for a major award he doesn't has much hope for, he and Gitti are on holiday in the Italian islands, and they're avoiding a colleague of Chris' who wants to make friends and whom they inexplicably don't like.

When the boisterous colleague corners them and makes them go to his and his pretty girlfriend's house for dinner they're very nice, plying the couple with food and drink and praising Chris' artistic genius. The whole thing makes you wonder what they didn't like about the guy but the point of the film seems to peek its head out because of the relationship between the two couples.

It seems to be about how no matter what our own circumstances we can't help but compare ourselves to others, but it takes a long way to get anywhere and doesn't make a very strong impact when it does.

Add to that the sequences that make absolutely no sense. Gitti doesn't seem to be depressed, but there's definitely something wrong with her. Something hints at a psychological issue throughout the film and when she takes a running jump out of a second floor open window you're left in no doubt.

Now I look back I'm not sure what kept me watching. Birgit Minichmayr as Gittit is by no means beautiful but there's something compelling about her, and after one sex scene I was definitely hoping to see more.

In the end it might be a little like Shakespeare said – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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