In the Fade

2017, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

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In the Fade proves Diane Kruger is more than up to the task of carrying a movie -- even if the end result doesn't quite live up to her remarkable work. Read critic reviews

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Katja's life falls apart in the blink of an eye when two neo-Nazis kill her husband and 6-year-old son in a bomb attack. Her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge as the two suspects stand trial for murder.

Cast & Crew

Diane Kruger
Katja Sekerci
Denis Moschitto
Danilo, Lawyer, Nuri's Friend
Johannes Krisch
Haberbeck, Defender Lawyer
Numan Acar
Nuri, Husband
Ulrich Tukur
Jürgen Möller, Andrés Father
Rafael Santana
Rocco Sekerci, Son
Ulrich Brandhoff
André Möller
Laurens Walter
Kommissar Fischer
Fatih Akin
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Hark Bohm
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Rainer Klausmann
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Andrew Bird
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Josh Homme
Original Music
Tamo Kunz
Production Design
Katrin Aschendorf
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  • In the Fade is never less than gripping.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a mercurial performance, subtly modulated, and somewhat at odds with an increasingly melodramatic potboiler that flirts uneasily with the pulpy conventions of vengeance-fuelled B-movies.

    June 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kruger's solid central turn is rendered null and void by the hacky, hyperbolic drama that surrounds it.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • If it's fair to say that Diane Kruger has been a little understretched, thus far, as a dramatic actress - she has played a lot of muses, sidekicks and sketchy mystery women - all of that is about to change with In the Fade.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Diane Kruger] carries entire scenes of witness testimonies through looks and grimaces alone. It's a masterclass.

    June 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's flawed but powerful, mostly down to a revelatory performance from Diane Kruger.

    June 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In the Fade is never less than gripping.

    June 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a mercurial performance, subtly modulated, and somewhat at odds with an increasingly melodramatic potboiler that flirts uneasily with the pulpy conventions of vengeance-fuelled B-movies.

    June 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kruger's solid central turn is rendered null and void by the hacky, hyperbolic drama that surrounds it.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • If it's fair to say that Diane Kruger has been a little understretched, thus far, as a dramatic actress - she has played a lot of muses, sidekicks and sketchy mystery women - all of that is about to change with In the Fade.

    June 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Closes with a title card detailing the violence against immigrants in Germany each year. It is a powerful statement made in a movie that drives the point home by honing the horror of widespread violence down to one, very personal story.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "In the Fade" could have been something remarkable were it not for the wearisome slog it becomes in the middle. Even with a compelling conclusion, it never fully recovers.

    July 1, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Jan 28, 2018
    AIMEE MANN OVERBOARD - My Review of IN THE FADE (2 1/2 Stars) Fresh off its Golden Globe win for Best Foreign Language Film, and its star, Diane Kruger (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), in what is surprisingly her first German language film, winning the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, IN THE FADE carried with it a lot of expectations from me. The fact that it's not a very good film, but a memorable one with a stellar lead performance, comes as a disappointment, but it's still worth a look nonetheless. Kruger plays Katja, who at the outset joyously weds her Turkish immigrant husband Nuri in a prison wedding, where he serves time for drug dealing. Cut to six years later, and he's an honest businessman in Hamburg who clearly loves his wife and their adorkable, bespectacled son Rocco. When she dons glasses, Kruger is the spitting image of pop star Aimee Mann, who herself carries a lot of sadness in her music, so by association alone, misery is bound to occur. We quickly experience this family's natural, humorous bonds, which will be key to appreciating what soon follows. It shouldn't spoil anything that in the first few minutes of the film, Nuri and Rocco fall victim to a terrorist bombing, leaving Katja shattered. Kruger's raw reaction to their deaths feels viscerally real, elevating her performance instantaneously. Quickly descending into depression and drug use, Katja slowly comes to realize her husband was the target of Neo-Nazis, whereas the police wrongfully zero in on his drug-related past to hunt down a motive. A tipoff from one of the perpetrator's father, along with Katja's astute recollection of a suspicious woman outside her husband's office, leads to a trial, which covers the entire second act of the film. It's here where this gut-wrenching story turns into a more by-the-numbers courtroom procedural. It's helped by two powerful supporting performances, Johannes Krisch (A CURE FOR WELLNESS) as the commanding defense attorney, and Denis Moschitto as the dreamboat prosecutor who looks like he's gonna make out with Katja at any moment when he's not speaking eloquently for the victims who no longer have a voice. Still, we've seen these legal proceedings countless times, and despite Kruger's exceptionally explosive moment where she lets loose on one of the accused, it's pretty ho-hum stuff where the outcome feels telegraphed from miles away. From there, the film allows its third act to descend into a revenge thriller of sorts. It's suspenseful in a quiet, dread-filled way, and it has an ending you won't soon forget, but this film feels like a treatise on Germany's terrible recent record with how its immigrants are treated, and not a particularly layered look at its characters. Kruger, however, is the exception, and she is fantastic. Writer/Director Fatih Akin (HEAD-ON) employs a somewhat artless, hand-held shooting style , except for some incredible shots late in the film of Kruger sitting in a windy, field, but it feel immediate and appropriate for its subject matter. It's just not the most urgently told story, or the most innovative. Despite this, we're with Kruger every step of the way, and we come to understand her behavior, as off the rails as it becomes. Kruger keeps the film grounded, even when it lacks those juicy fillers that made a film story so rich and complex. It's as if they knew the film was coming out in January, so they figured they would Liam Neeson the shit out of it, because as you know, every new year, LIAM NEESON WILL KILL SOMEONE. IN THE FAD opts for a more subtle approach than what we see in his films, but it's still borderline pulpy nonetheless. You'll still be talking about that ending afterwards and will likely be wanting a hug.
    Glenn G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2017
    Diane Kruger delivers a powerful performance that conveys with full intensity the pain of losing the people we love to hate and intolerance, in a compelling drama that exposes with sensitivity and intelligence a tragic cycle of violence that brings only more violence.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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