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'In the Fade' TIFF 2017 Review: A timely story about grief, justice and revenge

September 12, 2017Britany Murphy

What would you do in the face of a terror attack that targeted your family? How would you cope with the loss of your loved ones in such a violent manner? And how, if at all, would you try to avenge them? These are all questions that In the Fade attempts to answer.

The film centers on a German woman named Katja (Diane Kruger), and the devastating events that set her down the dark path of revenge. Married to a Kurdish former drug dealer, Nuri (Numan Acar), who's now on the "straight and narrow" and running a tax and translation office in a Turkish area of town, Katja's life is forever changed after she drops off their son, Rocco (Rafael Santana), at Nuri's office after school one day, so that she can visit her pregnant friend. Upon her return, however, she is shocked to learn of the tragic events that transpired in her absence.

Directed by Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) and fueled by a strong lead performance from Kruger, In the Fade is a powerful film that appeals to viewers' hearts and minds, tackling such concepts as Neo-Nazism, intolerance and just how far people are willing to go to see justice done for those they hold most dear.

In the Fade is receiving its North American premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 45 min.

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