Everyday Objects

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“A crisp little character study… a cerebral snapshot of the moneyed, cultured, multilingual bourgeoisie at play.” — Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Year: 2013
Country: France, Germany
Running time: 80 mins
Censor Rating: M - nudity, offensive language, sexual content

Screenplay: Nicolas Wackerbarth
Producers: Titus Kreyenberg, Antoine Simkine
Photography: Reinhold Vorschneider
Editor: Janina Herhoffer
Production designer: Beatrice Schultz
Costume designer: Manfred Schneider
Sound: Emil Klotzsch, William Edouard Franck
Music: Olivier Mellano
In German with English subtitles
DCP 

With: Anne Ratte-Polle (Merle), Leonard Proxauf (Felix), Emma Bading (Emma), Maren Kroymann (Johanna), Nathalie Richard (Olga), Lou Castel (Daniel), Soroosh Lavasani (Darian), David Fennelly (Mat), Jean-Christophe Folly (Kalu), Maria Laborit (salesgirl), Henry Arnold (Romuald)

Festivals: Berlin, San Francisco 2013

Expecting to meet her lover Romuald, Merle turns up at his hillside villa in Nice to find that he’s had a change of plans. Romuald’s 13-year-old daughter Emma and his 16-year-old son Felix don’t exactly make her welcome, but she bides her time working on the book she is writing, then attempts to ingratiate herself with Emma, Felix and their circle, who are taking full advantage of their father’s neglect. In a concise, coolly formal style, director Nicolas Wackerbarth observes the subtle drama of self-discovery in Merle’s efforts to carve out a space where she may never belong. “An intelligent and seductive work… Stories about people having bad times in nice places, especially on holiday, has become a prominent sub-genre of European art cinema – notably, in Joanna Hogg’s Unrelated and Maren Ade’s Everyone Else. German feature Everyday Objects is an impressive, keenly focused addition to this cycle.” — Jonathan Romney, Screendaily