Empire | 'In The Fade' Review


Fatih Akin’s In The Fade is three films in one. It starts as a coruscating study of grief under unimaginable circumstances, segues into a gripping courtroom drama, then takes a last-act swerve into a vigilante thriller, all marinated in the context of the rise of the far right in Germany. If the last third doesn’t really live up to the unbridled power of the first and the genre-pleasing qualities of the second, the film as a whole is held together by a never better Diane Kruger, making her German-language film debut, and deservedly winning Best Actress at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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