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In My Room

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Germany, Italy · 2018
2h 0m
Director Ulrich Köhler
Starring Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn, Emma Bading
Genre Drama

Armin is a bored, unhappy cameraman with a lot of time on his hands. One day, he awakens to find that all of humanity has inexplicably disappeared. Left to his own devices, Armin is forced to reckon with the aimless life he has been leading.

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In My Room has a The Last Man on Earth and The Walking Dead feel (don’t expect zombies) and definitely has some surprises. Do all the surprises work? No. But most do and that works.


Slant Magazine by Carson Lund

In My Room often exhibits an interest only in the accruing of incidents, giving it a this-happens-then-this-happens quality that defiantly eschews psychological shading.


Variety by Guy Lodge

In My Room presents and accepts its partial apocalypse with unquestioning calm — an extreme contrivance that merely enables an elegant, exacting character study.


The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

Abetted by Patrick Orth’s careful, almost obsessively calm camerawork, Köhler has concocted an uncommonly subtle and deliberately ambiguous work, one that’s delicately rewarding, if you meet it halfway.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

As signaled by the hilarious visual gag that opens the story, In My Room is a mysterious and surprising movie about the frustration of the unseen and the poignancy of paths not taken.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Written and directed by Ulrich Köhler (and co-produced by Köhler’s romantic partner, Maren Ade, a superb filmmaker in her own right), this droll yet poignant amalgam of the fantastic and the mundane ultimately suggests that while people can dramatically alter their behavior in response to extreme circumstances, on some fundamental level they don’t really change.

88 by Simon Abrams

Others may find In My Room to be a small gem thanks to Köhler’s eye for small details. He’s a keen image-maker; Armin’s story also resonates thanks to Köhler’s ear for naturalistic dialogue and novelistic detail, both of which serve the movie’s episodic narrative.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Armin seems to get less interesting as a character rather than more as his quest for survival takes priority. Ultimately you wonder whether, dramatically speaking, it was worth wiping out a planet full of people just so that one useless bloke could finally get his act together.

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