Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland.
Attentive and quiet, Christian (Franz Rogowski) is a new hire assigned to the “Beverages” aisle in an East German hypermarket, where he learns the ropes from the gruff, burly veteran Bruno (Peter Kurth). Peering through the shelves, he is drawn to Marion (Sandra Hüller), who works in the “Sweet Goods” aisle.
While mastering the light touch and meticulous timing required to manage a forklift, Christian bonds with Bruno and flirts with Marion. But his gentleness is shadowed by murky hints of a less peaceful past: he is covered from neck to wrist in densely-inked tattoos.
In the Aisles is an understated, concise story about frustrated hopes and desires, and how we long for the freedom to forge our own destiny.
Winner - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2018
Winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, German Film Awards 2018
"The amusing and entertaining thing about In the Aisles is that it is, in its way, a love letter to the vast, mysterious and strangely beautiful cathedral that is the vast retail warehouse where Marion, Bruno and Christian work. In the Aisles is a poignant and richly sympathetic film.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Director: Thomas Stuber
Duration: 125 minutes
Language: German (with English subtitles)
Cert: 12 (Germany)
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