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In the Fade

Magnolia Home Entertainment // R // May 1, 2018
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted May 30, 2018 | E-mail the Author


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In the Fade Blu-ray Review


In The Fade is a drama-thriller from
acclaimed
filmmaker Faith Akin (Head On). The film was a contender for the
highly
coveted Palme D'Or (though the equally brilliant The Square ultimately
won). The film follows the story of the strong-willed Katja Sekerci
(Diane
Kruger), who loses both husband Nuri Sekerci (Numan Acar) and son Rocco
(Rafael
Santana) during a bombing.


When Katja discovers that the bombing may have
been done as
a hate crime against her family, Katja goes up against the accused
bombers,
neo-nazi's who had explosives in their possession and at their
apartment.
During the lengthy court battle, Katja is brought aid with help from
the lawyer
Danilo Fava (Denis Moschitto), a close friend of her husband Nuri. They
take on
the bombers with all their might.


It appears that the Nazi's might get off without
justice
being delivered for her family's death in the explosion. Katja's drug
addiction
is something that brings doubt to the case and spirals the events of
the court
battle. The defendant's lawyer (Johannes Krish) turns the case back at
Katja
because of her addiction. As things spiral, Katja decides to take
justice into
her own hands. She sets out to face off against the bombers.


Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) won best
actress
for her performance at Cannes film festival for her performance. Kruger
delivers what may be her career best performance. The film has an
amazing depth
to it and so much of this films great success is brought by Kruger, who
carries
the film with her great skill as a performer.


From a production standpoint, the film is also a
superb
effort on every level. The striking cinematography by Rainer Klausmann style=""> (Head On, The Edge of Heaven)
gives the film greater heft and weight with its stunning photographic
accomplishments.
The costume designs by Katrin Aschendorf (The Edge of Heaven, The
Cut
)
compliment the filmmaking with exquisite style and match the cast of
characters
incredibly.


The music score composed by Josh Homme (founder of
the rock
band Queens of the Stone Age) is surprisingly strong with great
electricity and a jazz style befitting its ambitions. This is a
terrific score
which brings a lot to the experience. It's a turn in style for Homme
but as a
composer he truly delivers with this effort.


The screenplay was written by director Faith Akin (Head
On
, The Edge of Heaven) along with co-author Hark Bohm (Yasemin,
In The Heart of the Hurricane). Faith Atkin did an incredible
job of
telling this compelling story. The film works as an edge of your seat
thriller
while also remaining an impeccable drama with a lot of great depth.
It's no
wonder the film got a rave response from Cannes. In the Fade is
a superb
film which should be considered a must-see. Riveting.


The Blu-ray:


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Video:


In The Fade arrives on Blu-ray with an
impressive 1080p
MPEG-4 AVC encoded high definition presentation in the original
theatrical aspect
ratio of 2.39:1 widescreen. This is a strong encode and presentation.
The only
downside is occasional minor banding on the image but otherwise this is
a
relatively clean, sharp, and faithful reproduction. It's a quality
release and
the film's presentation is satisfying overall.


Audio:


The audio on the release is
presented in German and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The
presentation preservers
t he original language audio. This is a good lossless sound mix with a
few
scenes that use the surrounds quite well and the music score sounds
nicely
enveloping too.


Subtitles are provided in English,
Spanish, and English SDH (for the deaf and hard of hearing).


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Extras:


Behind In The
Fade
Featurettes:


The Story (HD, 2 min.) featuring comments
by Diane
Kruger and Writer/Director Faith Akin


Diane Kruger and Writer/Director
Faith Akin
(HD, 2 min.) is about the process of casting and
collaborating
together


Behind In The Fade: Cannes (HD,
2 min.) explores the film's strong response at the world's most
prestigious
film festival and Kruger winning the Best Actress award


Inside In The Fade with Writer/Director Faith
Akin: Diane
Kruger
(HD, 1 Min.) features the director discussing his choice for
casting
her in the lead role


Inside In The Fade with Writer/Director Faith
Akin: Denis
Moschitto
(HD, 1 min.) features the director discussing his
collaboration
with the actor


Interview with Diane Kruger (HD, 4 min.)
features the
actress discussing the part and the significance of the role to her


Interview with writer/director Faith Akin
(HD, 8
min.) in which the filmmaker discusses how the film is inspired by real
events
as there were neo-nazi bombings in Germany from when he was a teenager,
discusses selecting songs from Queens of the Stone Age for the music
before
asking the band's lead, Josh Homme, to compose the original music
score, and
the way in which the fears of refugees in crisis today is another
similar reflection
of these hate-crime issues.


Final Thoughts:


In The Fadestyle=""> is an incredible
film with exceptional direction by Faith Akin and a mesmerizing
performance by Diane Kruger. The film is both remarkable as a character
drama
and as an undeniably superb thriller. This film should be considered a
must-see
for fans of foreign language films.  style="">


Highly Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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