Everyone Else (Alle anderen)

Germany 2009, Feature film, 119' | Director, Screenplay Maren Ade | DoP Bernhard Keller | Editor Heike Parplies | Sound Franz Bubenzer, Daniel Iribarren | Cast Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, Hans-Jorgen Wagner, Nicole Marischka, Mira Partecke, Atef Vogel, Paula Hartmann, Carina Wiese, Claudio Melis | Production Komplizen Film, SWR, wdr, arte | Distribution Prokino

Synopsis
Chris and Gitti are spending their holiday in the house of his parents in Sardinia. They hang around the swimming pool, behaving childishly and hide from the tiresome parents – as a couple that performs its rituals far away from all other people. It should have been a completely normal holiday: no drama, no couple counselling, just getting away from it all. But everyday life opens up a variety of ways of running away or hiding that a holiday home on its own does not offer. An encounter brings an element of doubt into the relationship. Hans and Sana seem to be the perfect couple. Not only are they more successful, they also understand how to play the conventional husband/wife gender roles in a modern guise, and seem to be happy doing this. While Gitti finds it difficult to hide her loathing of Sana’s sweetness and Hans’ alpha male behaviour, Chris tries hard to impress Hans and Sana. Chris begins to adapt to the others. Gitti’s attempt to comply with his ideal of a sweet and reserved woman seems like a game at first, but gradually turns into a silent struggle with herself. Chris becomes more open – but she is close to losing it. They distance themselves more and more from the couple they used to be.

With subtle humour and a cruel precision, Alle Anderen describes the contradictory longings of a couple in search of its own identity. The leading woman’s fear of responsibility and of her own feelings is reflected in her emotional lack of orientation. An intimate love story that becomes immersed in the depths of a relationship; relying entirely on the delicate and emotional interplay of its characters. Like Maren Ade’s debut Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen, Alle Anderen is a multilayered narrative resulting from a simple basic situation which has many repercussions. Maren Ade again displays her ability to stage events so realistically that we cannot escape the emotional world of the figures. Alle Anderen was screened in the competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear in the Grand Prize of the Jury and Best Actress categories (Birgit Minichmayr).

 

Biography
MAREN ADE was born in 1976. She studied production and media science at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München [Munich Film School] and film and television directing. Her first short film Ebene 9 (2000) was screened at numerous festivals. Her first full-length feature film and graduation film Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen (2003) was nominated for the Deutsche Filmpreis [German Film Award] and won the Special Jury Award of the Sundance Festival 2005, among other awards

Maren Ade
Germany
2009
Feature Film
2009
Feature Film Competition