Germany, 2009, 119 minutes
Sun, Apr 25 / 8:45 / Kabuki / EVER25K
Tue, Apr 27 / 3:30 / Kabuki / EVER27K
Thu, Apr 29 / 6:15 / Kabuki / EVER29K
Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at last yearís Berlin Film Festival, Maren Adeís second feature is a finely observed psychological study of a young German couple whose seemingly passionate union sorely tested while on holiday in Sardinia. Gitti and Chris, in their early 30s and the first blush of their relationship, seem crazy about each other but subtle clues suggest there could be trouble in Eden. Gitti is bold, fun-loving and openhearted; Chris is a brown study of intellectual rigor and almost Zen-like calm who nonetheless harbors a glaring lack of self-confidence. Amid whiffs of Rosselliniís Stromboli, we observe these two pale Nordic specimens grapple with their respective identities, mirrored in the otherís eyes. All the while, they do what lovers on holiday do, lolling around Chrisís parentsí summer house, having conversations in the secret language of lovers and engaging in the age-old rituals of sexual play. By the time trouble arrives, in the form of another German couple they meet on the island, our two lovers already have noticed the seeds of discord. Adeís brilliant sophomore effort should be placed alongside Scenes from a Marriage and Tom Noonanís The Wife for its piercingly intelligent examination of a relationship hovering in the netherworld between commitment and dissolution. Anyone who has suffered the psychic pain a volatile romance will find Everyone Else all too eerily close to home.
Presented with support from the Goethe-Institut San Francisco.