Indie Gems: Everyone Else

Alle Anderen

Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr) are two Germans visiting Sardinia at Chris' parents vacation home. They're a bit of an oddly matched couple and when they encounter other seemingly happy couples on this trip, they're forced to contemplate whether or not they really are a good match for each other.

This is a very quiet film. Most of the scenes are just with Chris and Gitti trying to find balance between them. Gitti is a free spirit, she's quirky and very humorous. Chris is straight laced and very dedicated to his work as an architect. You kind of wonder how they got together in the first place. I liked how the movie made us see both characters in a positive and negative light before we inevitably started picking sides. Gitti comes on too strong at first, but I ended the film feeling incredibly bad for her as Chris was very condescending. And while he seemed very sweet at the beginning, that eventually changed as it seems he might have developed an allergy to laughter.

The film has some amazing shots and uses music in a very interesting way. Without spoiling anything, it makes sense when you watch it. I enjoy these type of films where they take the time to really examine characters like this. It makes you wonder where they ended up even after the credits roll.

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Say it....I hate you." - Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr)

12 comments:

  1. I remember seeing this a few years back and really liking it. Its a really nice small film with some effective performances.
    Nice review.

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  2. This looks good. I love character-driven movies.

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    1. I think you'd definitely like this one.

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  3. I haven't heard of this but it seems that many of the European dramas I've seen lately seem to fall into a similar vein in that they're very quiet films. I don't mind it though if the story is absorbing enough.

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    1. I threw this in my queue on a whim a long time ago when I was looking for new German films. I'm glad I did.

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    2. Hey if you're looking for a good German film (or Austrian), may I suggest The Dark Valley? It's a schnitzel western which I presume you've never seen before, it's a vengeance western set in the Austrian alps. It's on Netflix :)

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    3. lol schnitzel western. I usually hate Westerns, but I'll look into that. Thanks!

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  4. I'm in. Sounds like a nice change of pace from the dogshit I've been watching recently.

    Lovely review, Brittani.

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  5. I love films that make you sympathize with one person then switch it up. I need an artsy film to watch at night while I'm doing homework. Is it streaming somewhere?

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    1. I'm not sure if it streams on Amazon or if it's on Youtube. I got it from Netflix's DVD service.

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