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April 7, 2010 1:33 AM
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Big Screen | Anti-Date Movie "Everyone Else" Opens To Raves

"If there’s one movie this spring that you shouldn’t see with a date, it’s 'Everyone Else,'" Anthony Lane wrote this week in his New Yorker review of the new film, "unless you are looking for a quick, low-budget way to break up." While that may be the case with Maren Ade's meticulously observed depiction of the slow destruction of a relationship, it should be by no means a reason not to see the film - at least if the critics have anything to say about it.

Premiering at last year's Berlin International Film Festival and then popping up again at the New York Film Festival, "Everyone Else" could very well end up one of 2010's best reviewed films. It currently has the second highest average in criticWIRE's history, scoring an "A-" average as a result of 17 different critics grades (only Frederick Wiseman's "La Danse" has scored higher).

The film is only 34-year old Ade's second, after 2005's "The Forest for the Trees." Cinema Guild acquired the film back in December, and is releasing it this Friday, April 9 at the IFC Center in New York followed by a nationwide rollout. It centers on Chris (Lars Eidinger) and Gitti (Birgit Minichmayr), a seemingly happy German couple enjoying their Mediterranean vacation. But when they casually run into another, obviously happier and more successful couple, their fragile relationship destabilizes.

"Even within the oft-traversed cinematic terrain of romantic skepticism, this is rarely explored territory," LA Weekly's Karina Longworth, then writing for SpoutBlog, said of "Everyone Else" when it premiered at the New York Film Festival. "It’s extremely difficult to use traditional narrative tools to depict how sometimes one person seems to be at least two people, how that changeover happens almost imperceptibly, and how this personality schizophrenia can be a result of outside forces and how outsiders are forced to adapt accordingly. Ade pulls it off."

Slant Magazine's Kevin B. Lee - who like Longworth, gave "Everyone Else" an "A" score on criticWIRE, wrote of the film in his review out of NYFF: "Ade has an intense affinity for authentic, natural moments of interpersonal disintegration that's miles above that other 2009 festival movie about love on the rocks. It's the anti-Antichrist. Not only is 'Everyone Else' an instant contender for the pantheon of breakup movies, its manifold splendors evoke entire periods of great cinema."

Other raves include The A.V. Club's Mike D'Angelo, Film Threat's Nick Antosca and The Hollywood Reporter's Peter Brunette.

Not everyone loved "Everyone," mind you. Though it's hidden behind a paywall, Variety's Derek Elley was not taken by Ade's work. Writing back at its Berlin premiere over a year ago, Elley said: "By the second reel it becomes clear that writer-director Maren Ade’s sophomore feature is simply fuzzy filmmaking of the worst sort. An extraordinary choice for a competition slot at Berlin, pic is headed nowhere."

Fourteen months later, it appears that might not be the case.

In addition to "Everyone Else," specialty films opening this weekend include Felix Van Groeningen's "The Misfortunates," Peter Bratt's "La Mission," Nash Edgerton's "The Square," Tom DiCillo's "When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors," Jerry Zaks's "Who Do You Love." Check out links to each film's indieWIRE page below, which includes synopses, trailers and a variety of criticWIRE grades and links to reviews.

iW Film Calendar & criticWIRE:
criticWIRE | Opening this week | Opening this month | All Films A - Z

criticWIRE: Films Opening This Week

Everyone Else (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: A-

The Square (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

La Mission (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

The Misfortunates (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: No scores yet

Who Do You Love (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: No scores yet


criticWIRE: Films Currently In Theaters

The Ghost Writer (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Prodigal Sons (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Bluebeard (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B+

Vincere (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Mother (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Waking Sleeping Beauty (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

Greenberg (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Exploding Girl (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B

The Eclipse (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

City Island (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

The Greatest (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: B-

The Thorn In The Heart (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Breaking Upwards (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Chloe (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

The Runaways (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C+

Stolen (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: C

Our Family Wedding (iW film page)
Average criticWIRE rating: D+

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