Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Maren Ade|
|Screenplay by||Maren Ade|
|Edited by||Heike Parplies|
|Distributed by||Prokino Filmverleih|
Gitti and Chris are a young German couple on vacation at Chris's family villa in Sardinia. Gitti is much more spontaneous and light-hearted than Chris, wanting to go out and try to make friends while Chris remains introverted, preferring to stay in and read, even hiding from his neighbour, Hans. When he tries to speak to Gitti about his unhappy feelings about his life and career she interrupts him to say that he muses too much over everything and should consider settling down with her. Chris is taken aback by her outburst.
While shopping for groceries Chris spots Hans and unsuccessfully tries to hide from him. Hans invites the couple to a barbecue at his home with his wife Sana which Gitti tries to decline. Chris overrides her and accepts the invitation. While there Hans reveals that Chris has declined an architecture prize because his design would be melded with another architect, though Chris had previously told Gitti that he hadn't heard back from the competition. Gitti is angered by the news and takes out her frustration on Hans.
The following day Chris is hyper critical of Gitti taking her on a long hike during which they get lost. Afterwards he informs her that he will be going for a drink with Hans alone as Gitti embarrassed him the previous evening. Though Gitti begs him not to leave her alone at night he goes anyway, returning in the morning. The following day Chris informs Gitti that he is considering taking an architecture job on the island. While Chris meets with his potential client, Gitti goes exploring on her own, trying out a new makeover. Meeting up with Chris he tells her that he plans to invite Hans and Sana over to their home.
The dinner with Hans and Sana goes awkwardly as Chris behaves oddly in front of the couple, making Gitti tone down her odd behaviour. After they've eaten Hans throws his wife in the pool and Chris follows him by tossing Gitti in as well. Upset she tells Sana to make an excuse and leave their home.
The following day instead of going to the beach Gitti returns to the villa. Chris follows her back and overhears her talking on the phone. Though she initially claims the call was about work she later tells him that she no longer loves him and is leaving him because he's a loser. Chris tells her to leave however Gitti collapses on the floor instead and plays dead. After ascertaining that she is not actually injured Chris tries to shake Gitti out of it before finally blowing on her belly causing her to laugh.
- Birgit Minichmayr as Gitti
- Lars Eidinger as Chris
- Nicole Marischka as Sana
- Hans-Jochen Wagner as Hans
The film received positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% out of 35 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.7/10.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Berlin International Film Festival||Jury Grand Prix||Best Film|
|2009||Berlin International Film Festival||Silver Bear||Best Actress|
|2009||Berlin International Film Festival||Femina Film Prize||Best Production Design|
- Berlin International Film Festival
- Golden Bear (nominated)
- German Film Awards
- Best Direction (nominated)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a leading role (nominated)
- Outstanding Feature Film (nominated)