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In the Fade (18)

Drama, Crime

German language crime drama in which a bomb explosion forces a woman to cope with the loss of her husband and son.

The critical consensus

Diane Kruger excels in a devastating and essential drama that shines a spotlight on far-right terrorism.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 18/06/2018

In The Fade manages to be absorbing character study, courtroom nailbiter and vengeful woman flick, all the while taking the temperature of neo-Nazism in Germany. It’s flawed but powerful, mostly down to a revelatory performance from Diane Kruger.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 19/06/2018

Kruger shows us the depth of the mother’s grief as well as her rage, incomprehension and refusal to be consoled.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 20/06/2018

It’s only when Kruger’s character takes the law into her own hands – with a driving score by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme — that it properly comes to life.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/06/2018

Kruger’s solid central turn is rendered null and void by the hacky, hyperbolic drama that surrounds it.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 22/06/2018

Kruger’s compelling performance gives emotional weight to an overwrought tale.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 24/06/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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