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In the Fade(Aus dem Nichts)

After her husband and son die in an attack, Katja (Diane Kruger) struggles to cope as she searches for answers. When two Neo-Nazis are put on trial for the attack, Katja's testimony is doubted in court. Frustrated with the justice system, she tries to find another path.
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Village Voice by Bilge Ebiri

Akin holds nothing back, and Kruger, starring in a German film for the first time in her career, brings the grief and anger and pain to life — never overdoing any of it, yet refusing to submerge it.
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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

In the Fade is executed with precision, particularly the third act, in which the film morphs into a tense yet unconvincing revenge thriller.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Following the fizzle of his coming-of-ager Goodbye Berlin (Tschick) last year, Fatih Akin bounces back and bounces high with an edge-of-seat thriller inspired by xenophobic murders in Germany by a Neo-Nazi group.
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Variety by Jay Weissberg

Diane Kruger’s powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative’s dip into overly crystalline waters.
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CineVue by John Bleasdale

There's something highly familiar about the material and although it is artful and occasionally powerful, Akin and co-screenwriter Hark Bohm have constructed their story without straying far from countless other versions of the same thing.
75

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Like life after a murder, there is no “happy” ending, no thrilling feeling of justice served. In the Fade is that rare thriller which finds more to mull over in the culture clash — within Germany, within the Turkish expatriate community, and between German justice and American expectations, between German storytelling and Hollywood endings.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

It’s a solid stab at the socially conscious mainstream flick for Akin, especially after he faltered somewhat with his last political film.
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Screen International by Wendy Ide

Doggedly conventional in its approach, the film walks an uneasy line between unflinching honesty and crass emotional exploitation, before tipping into the latter in a questionable final act.

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