THREE FILMS I’VE WATCHED TODAY, GONE MENTAL! THIS ONE WAS IN THE CINEMA AND EVERYTHING
Aus Dem Nichts (In The Fade)
So this is Faith Akim’s new film which this week won the award for the best foreign film at the Golden Globes and takes it title from Queens of the Stone Age’s best song () and as a result has Josh Homme (boo) doing the soundtrack.
I’ve seen a couple Faith Akim films now as my girlfriend is a big fan as all his films tend to be about Hamburg, this one features Diane Kruger’s family being targeted in an attack which kills her husband and son.
It moves from a crime mystery/picture of grief to a courtroom drama to a revenge thriller in three literal acts, and there is a distinct feeling to each act to keep it fresh. There’s also plenty of snappy dialogue, Kruger is excellent (she won best actress at Cannes last year for this) and it’s always fun to see Hamburg on film… so why don’t I love this film?
I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but something keeps it from going beyond “good” into “great” or, 3 to 4 stars. There’s just something missing that doesn’t allow it all to hang together and so, I’m surprised to see it win the award. I’ve not seen A Fantastic Woman, First They Killed My Father or Loveless but I have seen The Square and certainly found that far more striking and challenging. One suspects the guild just gave this for Kruger’s performance alone as she’s also active in America, who knows.
Anyone else seen it?