“In the Fade” does not tell a happy story, not even close. But it is a powerful film, one of the nine shortlisted for the foreign-language Oscar, and it is elevated, as it would need to be, by Diane Kruger’s superb performance in the central role.
An international star and former model who is fluent in both French and English (she won a SAG Award as part of the “Inglourious Basterds” ensemble), Kruger had never acted in her native German before.
But she was so successful in this film’s terribly difficult role of Katja that her walking off with Cannes’ best actress award earlier this year was universally applauded.
“In the Fade” is written and directed by Fatih Akin, one of Germany’s top directors whose breakthrough film was 2004’s pitch-black romance “Head-On.”
“In the Fade” (named after a song by Queens of the Stone Age, who did the soundtrack) is at its core a