Everyone Else (2009)
An alternately loving and feuding couple vacations on Sardinia: he, Chris, a struggling, perhaps visionary architect (Lars Eidinger); she, Gitti, a music publicist (Birgit Minichmayr). As long as they exist in an hermetic sphere of their own creation, with their own rules, they are comfortable in their bodies. Theirs is a uniquely defined interaction where he is the more "feminine" partner, while she, first seen performing a rather vicious and pointed example of bad parenting, constantly struggles to put on a dress. This binary way of defining a person sets up the framework Maren Ade uses to investigate deeper issues associated with a coupling. Aided by actors who are fearless in exploring their own bodies and minds, she transforms a familiar story into an emotional tour de force.