“I was interested in whether it was possible to tell the inner life of a relationship, the things you can’t express to a third person. When Gitti and Chris come home after the holiday, and someone asks her, “How was it?” she probably wouldn’t be able to tell what happened.” Maren Ade.
Everyone Else is a subtle dissection of the truths and cracks of a relationship – a relationship that, like any other, embodies love as well as power, respect as well as moments of dissolution. Spending the first days of their vacation in Chris’ family home in Sardinia, Chris and Gitti are the ideal couple. They play, make love, talk and make love some more.Gitti may seem a little needy at times, but she is eccentric, energetic and genuine. Chris, a little reserved at moments, is in love. As 32 year-old director Maren Ade deftly takes us through their words spoken and unspoken, slowly yet surely we get glimpses of the real world residing within Gitti and Chris, and their relationship. It is difficult to let go of the image of the lovely couple and digest the absurd and curious moments of friction and lies that arise from the momentary pains and insecurities of a frail man, a wanting woman, “a young and brilliant architect”, or simply put, broken egos. In Everyone Else, the script speaks to the camera as perhaps the world speaks to our actions. What is laid bare in that projection are the hurtful yet real dynamics of power running beneath relationships of love, and those of class, gender and rivalry that define the worlds of ‘everyone else. (2010 ifIstanbul Independent Film Festival)