In the Fade provides a thoughtful take on a mother’s vengeance

In the Fade (DVD)

Starring Diane Kruger, Numan Acar, Denis Moschitto, Johannes Krisch, Hanna Hilsdorf and Ulrich Brandhoff. Directed by Fatih Akin. Out May 1 on DVD. 106 minutes. 14A

Diane Kruger took Best Actress at Cannes 2017 for her lead role in German auteur Fatih Akin’s latest drama In the Fade, a genre thriller giving agency to a mother’s rage.

Kruger seizes and holds every frame as Katja, a Hamburg woman out to avenge the terrorist bombing that destroyed her family. The travesty of justice which followed compounds her misery.

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She and her Kurdish-German husband Nuri (Numan Acar), had reason to believe they’d settled into happy domesticity with their 6-year-old son Rocco (Rafael Santana).

Diane Kruger won a best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for In the Fade, a Golden Globe-winning drama about a German woman who contemplates revenge after her husband and son are killed.
Diane Kruger won a best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for In the Fade, a Golden Globe-winning drama about a German woman who contemplates revenge after her husband and son are killed.  (Magnolia Pictures / The Washington Post)

The bombing, which Katja narrowly escapes, takes it all away in a brutal flash. The cops are quick to blame Nuri’s past. Perhaps this was an act of revenge by drug dealers or the Turkish mob? Or maybe Nuri was being “politically active” again? Other suspects emerge; so does Katja’s violent side.

The film is an unusually thoughtful take on the payback thriller, asking questions about grief and justice that resonate with these perilous times, all the more so in light of recent terrorist atrocities the world over.

Extras include cast/director interviews and making-of featurettes. In the Fade is now also available for rent or purchase on iTunes and Google Play.


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