IN THE FADE (2017)

in the fade

A film by Fatih Akin

Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar

Katja’s life (Diane Kruger) takes a horrible turn when she learns that her husband and son dies in a bombing attack. Slowly Katja plan her revenge.

I am going to say that the critics a lot of them didn’t like it. But to me It stands out and it did won for best actress for Diane Kruger and best film at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. Yes it is a revenge movie but done differently.


When Katja finds out that her husband and her son are killed in a bombing attack it is going to be unbearable for her. As we continue to follow here it is going to be more unbearable than ever. You see her coffin shopping for the funeral than the court drama that is going to unfold. Interesting how they do things  in the court in Germany. Katja even cries herself to sleep with this pain that she carries all the time. Then she goes to court to see the couple who was caught doing the bombing because the evidence points right to them. In the most emotionally brutal scene, she has to hear a medical examiner calmly  offer a detailed, point-by-point accounting of her dead little boy’s injuries (hair burned onto the scalp, arm severed, eyes melted in their sockets). Here Akin hold nothing back, he goes full force into it with detail and the emotion of Katja is at a point of boiling in the verge of exploding. There are three chapter in the film Family, in the fade, Justice. And to top it all off Katja even guesses who was behind it. The traveling of this journey seems seamless plus in the end is brilliant. The grief here with the scenery of raining all the time goes hand to hand. Diane Kruger assumes the role beautifully well in this melodrama and so are the other actors. Do not miss the film with raw energy.

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Here are 10 films that will mark you for life sort of speak. 

l'amant double

L’amant double  (The double lover) that is the transition but the English title might be something else A film by the great François Ozon with Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, Jérémie Renier. The story goes like this Chloe, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. In theatre in France may 25 2017.


The meyerowitz stories

The meyerowitz stories . A film by Noah Baumbach with Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman. An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. soon on Netflix.


Faute d'amour (2017)

Nelyubov a film by Andrey Zvyagintsev avec Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin. The story goes like this: A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. (From IMBD) . In movie theatre in September 20 2017


The Beguiled

The Beguiled a film by Sofia Coppola avec Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning. At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events (from IMDB).


le redoutable

Le redoutable   (Translation the dreaded)   a film by Michel Hazanavicius with Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo. During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her (from IMDB). I have to admit the actor looks like Goddard when he was younger. In movie theatre September 13 2017.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer a film by Yorgos Lanthimos with Alicia Silverstone, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell. A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn (from IMDB) in movie theatre November 1st 2017.



Barbara a film by Mathieu Amalric with Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Lisa Ray-Jacobs. A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara (from IMDB). In movie theatre Septembre 6 2017.


in the fade

Aus dem Nichts (in the fade) a film by Fatih Akin with Diane Kruger, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur. Katja’s life collapses after the death of husband and son in a bomb attack. After the time of mourning and injustice, here comes the time of revenge. In movie theatre next week. Translation of the title is out of nowhere.


D'après une histoire vraie (2017)

Based on a true story a film by Roman Polanski with Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vincent Perez. A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer (from IMDB). In movie theatre next week.  It is from a book I could not find the film poster so I put the book cover.


twin peaks

Twin Peaks a film by David Leach with Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson. Evénement 70 anniversary in Cannes so Leach is promoting his series. Yes, yes and yes can’t wait to see that one. Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered (from IMDB).

All the date I put in are the release date in France.What you do is put the title in the website IMDB and they will tell you what is the realise date in your country I am sure that most of you knows that by now. Just a reminder.


the edge of heaven

A film by Fatih Akin

Cast: Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner

English title: The edge of heaven. 

How I am going to explain this great film here it goes. The edge of Heaven is not about the story it is about the characters but the characters never link they lack of information and I like it that way. It is a beautiful story well written and directed by Fatih Akin.

There is an old man named Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz) in Bremen, Germany. He is from Turkey. he has a Je ne sais quoi about him with their smile that makes you will like him. He is retired and has a hobbit to see prostitute which brings me to this  middle-age Turkish woman named Yeter (Nursel Kose), who works from the doorway of a brothel. Yeter is warned by a  a group of Turkish men, who assume she is Muslim, and tell her they will kill her unless she quits the business. Ali makes her an offer: He will pay her to move in with him on a permanent basis, of course in exchange for company and sex. She accepts. Here is a spoiler alert i have no choice. She was heartbroken because her daughter, Ayten (Nurgul Yesilcay), had been long out of touch with her. Peter dies because Ali in a druken rage hits her and she dies. Yeter’s body is shipped back to Istanbul, where we meet Nejat (Baki Davrak), Ali’s son. Nejat is a professor at a German university, but makes it his business to track down Yeter’s daughter. Somehow  he moves back to Istanbul and buys a German-language bookstore from a man who is homesick for Germany. The story goes back and forth from Germany to Turkey. The daughter of Yeter is in some kind a trouble and meets somebody who helps her. That is all I am going to say.


Hanna Schygulla is a pleasure to watch in 2007 she was 65. She was the vixen back in her young days but now she at 65 no plastic surgery a little plum does a well job to be the mother of Lotte the soft-spoken woman the forgiving type well you have to see the film. Surely some combination of these people will discover how they are connected? But they never do. Here Akin gets us to know the characters and to sympathize with them. You do not have a villain in this film, you have the Turkish government doing their thing a woman who join the cause and on the other side Germany where an old man gone to prison he is just an old man who got drunk and kill the woman but no in purpose.They just got on with their lives, and their lives got on with them, all the time swimming in the seas of two different cultures. Now if the 5 characters found themselves connected you would have a different story. We are human being the majority good people who makes mistakes in ours lives. We are connected for the most part but sometimes we are not.

The Edge of Heaven