12/22/09

Everyone Else

Was taken by Maren Ade's work in Everyone Else. The film gets really close to a couple, examining their relationship over days spent on a summer holiday on the island of Sardinia. It explores a certain identity crisis of gender and cultural roles of a modern relationship between an architect and a rock record label publicist, and to what extent cultural pressures and personal notions of success and happiness define self-esteem and confidence. Although the moral of the story might be “don’t change who you are or who you love because that’s what is expected,” it also examines the psychological struggle to challenge cultural expectations. The emotion and tension throughout the film was very natural and subtle, and really loved the casual dark humor of the ending with what I believe was the most ironc choice of song - Paul Bryan's Listen.
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