In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2018)
Critic Reviews for In the Aisles (In den Gängen)
A lyrical portrait of emotionally damaged misfits sharing a soulless working environment in contemporary East Germany, In the Aisles is full of tender observation and humane empathy for its downtrodden protagonists.
We could spend forever watching two such interesting actors as Hüller and Rogowski glimmer at each other, his bashful hopefulness meeting her considering eyes, which are strangely serious however merry or mischievous her expression.
Finds beauty and stylish choreography as workers go about their regular tasks, affection and understanding as they share glances across the shelves, and camaraderie as they weather ups and downs both inside and outside the store.
As we meander through the aisles, it is melancholy and poignancy that become the driving forces, and this switch in tone is slightly too jarring. It's the only fault in an otherwise outstanding feature.
The tender, tentative romance between Christian and Marion is affecting, personal, and a succinct representation of the desperation to find love in alienating surroundings.
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