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3.2
461 Ratings

In the Fade

Aus dem Nichts

Directed by Fatih Akin
Germany, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Katja sees her life suddenly implode when her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family are unable to give her the support she needs, but Katja somehow manages to keep going through the funeral and formalities as well as the search for the perpetrators.

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In the Fade Directed by Fatih Akin
The film has three sections, and each part seems to assume a different set of genre conventions, a different set of emotional cues. After “Family,” the next, “Justice,” follows the suspenseful and, at times, infuriating trial that takes place after a neo-Nazi couple are accused of the bombing. At this point, In the Fade settles into what appears to be a standard-issue courtroom drama, albeit an effectively acted and written one. . . . It goes on like this, with seemingly not a beat out of place.
December 22, 2017
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For well over an hour, In the Fade functions as the sort of crisp and dutiful courtroom procedural that one encounters daily on dozens of cable stations, though without the twists that enliven a routine episode of Law & Order. The film lacks the ferocity that coursed through Akin’s Head-Onand—to a lesser extent—The Edge of Heaven and Soul Kitchen.
December 18, 2017
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Mostly, Akin conducts dirges, and In the Fade is a particularly lugubrious and sententious one… Painfully timely in its snapshot of white-supremacist violence flaring in a multiracial Europe, In the Fade is also a damp hand-wringer that works Kruger’s raw-nerve turn like a dray horse to distract from Akin’s inane determinism. Not even an evocative stinger positing a literally inverted moral horizon can disguise the schematic familiarity of the drama’s angles.
September 08, 2017
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