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In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

(German with English Subtitles): Diane Kruger is Katja, wife of Nuri, who served time for drug dealing, and mother to their little son Rocco. One day, Katja leaves her son with Nuri at his work. When she goes to pick them up, she discovers that they were the victims of a bomb detonated outside of Nuri’s shop. The film is the story of how Katja deals with the aftermath of the bombing. Kruger’s performance as a grieving wife and mother is singularly outstanding and is worthy of all of the accolades (she got the Best Actress award at Cannes this past year). The film belonged to her, and for me, everything worked because of what she brought to the role. I also liked the story, and even though it was somewhat predictable in places, the ending still managed to take my breath away – it is one of the most intense finales of any film in my recent memory (maybe except for We Need to Talk About Kevin). The film gets a big thumb’s up from me for its virtuoso performance and it’s showing how incidents like these take such a huge toll on those who survive them.

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