Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In the Fade

Punctuated by a terrific performance by Diane Kruger, In the Fade is an unflinching and powerful film delving into the themes of love, loss, hatred, bigotry, and revenge. Kruger stars as Katja, a former drug addict who has put her past behind her and has a stable life in Hamburg with her husband and son... at least until a bombing at the shop kills Katja's family. While the police look for motives tied to Katja or her husband's murky past, it soon becomes clear that her Kurdish husband was targeted by Neo-Nazis for no other reason than the color of his skin.

What follows is a heart-wrenching tale of Katja struggling to keep it together and get justice for the death of her husband and child, either inside the courts or on her own terms. While at times hard to watch, In the Fade (which took home the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film) is a must-see for those not put off by subtitles. Featuring one of Kruger's best performances, writer/director Fatih Akin offers a tense thriller, trial, and character study all rolled into one.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include interviews with Kruger and Akin and a pair of featurettes.

[Magnolia, Blu-ray $29.97 / DVD $26.97]

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