A restructured list of my all-time favorite films, though it only examines years 1940 through 2016 (because my knowledge of…
While on a Mediterranean vacation, a seemingly happy boyfriend and girlfriend find their connection to one another tested as they bond with another couple.
The unspoken dissatisfaction boiling under the surface of the main couple in Everyone Else is vastly more understandable to me than most forms of lack. They are not only dissatisfied with each other, but with themselves (and everyone else). It's a defiance of the world, a suffering of fools and frustrations that goes as unspoken as it goes spoken. It's spelled out as Gitti speaks of jumping out of windows and Chris champs for something more in his career. It's an acknowledgement of the potential that is so hard to tap into.
The couple in this film that stands in for "everyone else" is my nightmare. Newly pregnant, obnoxious, vapid people who are ostensibly happy together but offer nothing to…
Weird, I had a similar giraffe dream
lonely when nobody is on your wavelength
Second viewing, no change in rating. Still as complex and heartrending as the first viewing, with the performances, script and direction all perfectly and beautifully calibrated to delivery a complicated portrait of a relationship in turmoil. This time around, however, the title and its full import struck me even more (perhaps I just wasn't paying enough attention the first time), so much so that the shift from the first section, which focuses almost entirely on the couple alone, to the introduction of the second couple, is felt even more deeply. (Single most cutting line: "You're so embarrassing.") It's an emotionally raw, but entirely rewarding two hours. I look forward to whatever Maren Ade does next.
Really glad I revisited this film before Toni Erdmann. Forgot just how well it mixes humor and sadness. Ade's script is sharp as hell: conversations turn on a dime in the worst (i.e., most painfully realistic) way; emotional undercurrents surface at unexpected moments; a song contains lyrics that hit too close to home. The examination of culturally constructed relationship gender roles is spot-on and something I'm not sure I've seen in other romantic dramas. Relationships are fucking hard and Ade nails that reality. Might bump this rating another half-star in the coming days.
I'm never one to miss a bandwagon and Maren Ade seems to be rocking the film world's socks off atm. It was high time I got round to her 2009 hit Everyone Else in any case, but Toni Erdmann gave me the necessary kick under the jack to sniff it out, and I am whole heartedly aboard the hype train after this incredible experience. It might just be the best film Ive discovered all year actually. The fact that I'm not giving this the full compliment of stars is probably a bit pedantic, but a second viewing is certainly in the pipeline and it should be quite telling. With the film's full form in my head, I should be able…
One of the most intelligent films I've ever seen about relationships
Maren Ade's protagonists are marked by their faux pas in a society within which everyone else seems to know what's going on and how to act. They are typically silly and often laughed at by other characters, but by giving us access to their private thoughts, Ade shows every stage of the process of struggling to mesh with other humans and thus provokes sympathy for these misfits. Everyone Else continues this tradition started by The Forest for the Trees (and recently continued by the great Toni Erdmann) with perhaps a less creative use of the camera (at least, upon a first viewing) but a more refined approach to character development. Part of the film's brilliance is that we don't fully…
(I decided to write a review in English, which is not my first language, so please, excuse the limited language used)
This film is my new obsession. Given the buzz that Ade's new film, TONI ERDMANN is getting, I decided to check her filmography and wow! how pleasantly surprised I ended up last night after watching this.
It's a great examination of the experiences of a young couple taking a vacation in a beach in Italy. Chris, a brilliant but idealist architect that is going through a state of insecurity and ennui, based mostly on his professional and economical failure, tries to keep it secret from her honest, free-spirited lover, Gitti. A date with another couple of similar age and…
Casualmente la película que ví anteriormente a ésta fue "Contempt" y vaya que ambas conformarían una estupenda doble función.
Los conflictos examinados en éste filme de Maren Ade son similares a los explorados en la película de Godard, así como también en Gertrud de Dreyer; particularmente en su idea de retratar una relación de pareja dónde una de las partes, de forma gradual, comienza a privilegiar el aspecto profesional propio por sobre el lazo en común. No obstante, Everyone Else posee identidad propia y profundiza en lo complejo de un noviazgo dónde una de las partes pierde paulatinamente el sentido de la existencia al ser eclipsada por las necesidades de la otra. El eje de la historia son las dos…
with Dan and Amy on 35mm at 5th Ave.
One of my favorites of the term, thanks Mitchell
Making flippy floppy.
101 films by 105 trans or cis femme directors.
films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.