Before I tell you a bit about the film, I have to want to discuss the experience of waiting in line for it.
Those attending the festival know the drill: You wait outside the Kabuki in a line with people going to two or three different films. Eventually, someone wearing a headset announced that those with tickets to insert title here can go forward and enter the theater. Everyone else has to wait a bit more.
Now, imagine that with a movie called Everyone Else. “If you’re waiting for Everyone Else, you can proceed into the theater. Everyone else will have to wait.” Other people in line waiting to see Cairo Time, another title that called for a “Who’s on first” routine.
Okay, now on to the film:
A young German couple, very much in love in a very physical way, deal with relationship issues while on vacation in Sardinia. The man is a fairly calm, practical person. His girlfriend, on the other hand, is wild, unconventional, and just a little bit crazy. Unlike the relationship, this film is a low-key affair, and often feels like nothing is happening. Seeming disasters never quite turn into real ones. Even when one person threatens another with a knife, it’s done in such a calm, matter-of-fact way it was funny. Writer/director Maren Ade doesn’t bother with exposition, letting you figure out the relationships as the film unspools. You have to pay attention, but it’s worth doing so.
You have no more chances to see Everyone Else at the Festival, as I caught the last screening. But it’s scheduled to get a theatrical run at some point, so you can catch it then.
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