2009, Maren Ade, Germany, 119 min. With Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger.
- Fri, Feb 17th 8:30pm
- Wed, Feb 22nd 8:30pm
- Thu, Feb 23rd 6:00pm
“Superbly performed, emotionally graphic.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“So much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Envy and attraction make for an oil-and-water mix in this sun-drenched drama. A villa on Sardinia is the vacation love nest for Chris (Eidinger), a fledgling architect with a foundering career, and his spunky new girlfriend Gitti (Minichmayr), a spunky bundle of energy who does PR for a rock band. Despite frequent lovemaking and Gitti’s good-natured nurturing, Chris drowns in insecurities. A pivotal social encounter with a rival architect and his docile wife brings their relationship to a head when a terminal blowout raises the question of whether love itself is an illusion. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)