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In The Fade

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Apr 13, 2018

It is odd that actress Diane Kruger has waited until now to do her first movie in her native German language. But it's proven well worth the wait: She turns in a powerhouse performance in Faith Akin's exacting thriller "In The Fade," which landed her a Best Actress Award at Cannes, and the film a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The story kicks off when bohemian Katya (Kruger) marries convicted drug dealer Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar) in jail. The two had first met when she was a student buying weed from him.

Flash forward a few years, and the couple have a 6-year-old son. They have settled into domesticity in Hamburg, where Nuri runs a travel agency for which Katya does the books. One day she drops the child off with Nuri so she can go to the spa with her best friend Brigit (Samia Chancrin). When she returns in the evening, Katya finds the whole area blocked off and filled with policemen - Nuri's store has been bombed, and he and the kid have been killed.

A distraught Katya now has to deal with two sets of resentful parents who had been against the marriage in the first place, and a police force who are determined to prove that Nuri had gone back to drug dealing and has been killed because of it. Her own suspicion that the bombing is the work of Nazi sympathizers is borne out when the police eventually arrested a pair of them and charge them with murder.

However, with a fake alibi that's good enough to raise a reasonable doubt about their guilt, the pair are freed, albeit reluctantly, by the judges. It's then that a determined Katya decides to seek revenge and take the matter into her own hands - resulting in a dramatic finale that no one could have predicted.

German filmmaker Akin, who is of Turkish descent, has written and directed an excellent expose of xenophobia (which, sadly, is not just a German issue these days). By telling his story as a fast-paced thriller he has made the movie so enthralling that the message of hate and its consequences will now reach a far greater audience.

Kruger's steely performance as the determined widow is easily her career best so far.

"In the Fade"

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.


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