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In the Aisles

In den Gängen

Toni Erdmann star Sandra Hüller returns to the screen in this poetic workplace romance, set in the seemingly banal universe of a wholesale supermarket.

Dir Thomas Stuber
Prod Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Scr Clemens Meyer, Thomas Stuber
With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kurth
Germany
2018
125min
Sales Beta Cinema GmbH
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It might dominate people’s lives, but the workplace is significantly underrepresented in cinema. Sometimes you just have to look differently at the everyday to discover something magical in its routine. Director Thomas Stuber introduces us to Christian, a good-natured loner with a criminal past, who is hired to support Bruno in the liquor section. Bruno, who loves chess and misses his old life as a trucker, becomes a fatherly friend, teaching Christian the art of operating a forklift. Meanwhile, a tender love story unfolds with Marion from the sweets department. With sparse but powerful dialogue and carefully capturing the graceful moves of the forklift trucks, Stuber creates an intimate portrait of an ordinary workplace in an East German province and the community that holds it together.

Juliane Grieb

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