In the fade

In the fade

Aus dem nichts

DVD - 2018 | German
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MPAA rating: R; for some disturbing images, drug use, and language including sexual references.
Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

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MichelleinBallard
Nov 23, 2019

The good: I learned that, if the film is accurate, in Germany a victim of a crime is considered a co-plaintiff and can participate fully in the prosecution at trial with her own attorney. And if you are acquitted of a crime in Germany then the state pays your attorney's fees and compensates you for any time you spent in jail. It would be great to see these policies considered for enactment in the US.

The not-so-good: Methinks, given how Katja, an ethnic German, and Nuri, a Kurdish-German, meet and marry and, especially, how the films ends, if an ethnic German had written this script then it is quite likely she would be publicly vilified as a racist and an Islamophobe. Then, too, there's the drug dispensing lawyer character, Danilo Fava, also an immigrant or child of immigrants.

In sum, in this film Turkish-German writer-director-producer Fatih Akin seems to be playing out—not critiquing—his own sort of depraved fantasy that mirrors neo-Nazi tropes about immigrants to Germany. Akin's deliberate usage of menstruation as a signifier in the film is very disturbing. To be clear, I am not bothered by menstruation being in the film. What I find disturbing is how Akin fits it into the plot.

Consider the source: In 2006, Akin was investigated by German officials for wearing a "BU卐H" [sic] t-shirt to protest the person and/or policies of US President George W. Bush. Nietzsche's warning comes to mind: "Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster ... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you."

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tj_is_cool
Oct 15, 2019

Very well acted by Kruger. The ending was unexpected.

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ooppii
Apr 28, 2019

Dialogue all in German so I had to read the subtitles through the whole movie. Yet I was fully enthralled. This is one of the better movies I've seen so far. Story, directing and acting were all excellent. There is always something 'real' about European movies and this one is no different. The ending was a little surprising, but that's what made this movie so good. Nothing really predictable; anti-Hollywood. Great movie. I highly recommend it.

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SAPL454
Mar 25, 2019

Excellent movie; excellent action!

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ausnos
Feb 10, 2019

I was interested through most of the film...until the ending, which was a big disappointment.

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Punnoval
Oct 22, 2018

So, Diane Kruger won a "Golden Globe" for her portrayal of a vengeful wife of a murdered scuzz-ball Turkish immigrant and their "Dondi" son. All the "acting" in the world can't save this one from it's pathetic script. Despite lots of tattoos and dope ingesting, the one-dimensional script declares her as a heroine as pure as the blown snow. For the proper treatment of this sort of material see Ivan Passer's "Cutter's Way" or William Richert's "Winter Kills".

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lindy919
Sep 05, 2018

Disappointing ending

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margarita89
Aug 22, 2018

I hate to say this cause I am usually pretty good at remembering what I watched. I actually had to read the summary because I don't remember a thing about this film! So, Just to be fair I am not going to rate this one. Check it out at your own caution... And let me know how it went.

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graybear2
Aug 22, 2018

Not an action flick - More a psychological drama. Some people may be bored with this film. Those who stick with it will be rewarded with the ending.

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CaptainHecto
Jul 25, 2018

It is no slight to Diane Kruger, who was deservedly prized at Cannes for her fine performance, to think that this film has probably won praise more for its message than for its inherent quality (though the editing is technically very good). The drama is presented as a triptych, but only the middle section (the trial) is genuinely transfixing. Why the title 'Into the Fade' was chosen for foreign distribution is a mystery. The original German title translates as 'out of the blue' or 'out of nowhere', which seems a lot more appropriate to what happens in the film. In any case, definitely worth seeing.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2018

May 07, 2018

SPOILER ALERT:

Final calling card:

Between 2000 and 2007 in German, the “National Socialist Underground” shot nine people from immigrant backgrounds and a policewoman and carried out multiple bombings. The sole motive behind their attack was their victims’ non-Germans origin.

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jimg2000
May 08, 2018

“SPOILER ALERT: Final calling card: Between 2000 and 2007 in German, the “National Socialist Underground” shot nine people from immigrant backgrounds and a policewoman and carried out multiple bombings. The sole motive behind their attack was their victims’ non-Germans origin.”

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jimg2000
May 07, 2018

SPOILER ALERT:

Final calling card:

Between 2000 and 2007 in German, the “National Socialist Underground” shot nine people from immigrant backgrounds and a policewoman and carried out multiple bombings. The sole motive behind their attack was their victims’ non-Germans origin.

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