In The Fade (Fatih Akin, 2017): Germany/France

Reviewed by Alicia Huhn. Viewed at the Chinese
1 Theater in Hollywood at American Film Institute’s AFIFEST 2017.

Diane Kruger’s appearance is even more stunning in person, than that in the character she played.  She impressed me as an actress when she stated after in the Q & A that she is not a mother.  I hadn’t considered this at all. I was not looking forward to the theme of a mother loosing her child, I don’t usually choose that type of subject material because I am a mom and it is too hard to think of loosing a child. Kruger was extremely convincing and the movie bravely portrayed the terror of racism by Nazis and the tragedy of loosing a child and husband.   Unlike some of my other favorite films where the director chose a character based on real life experiences, to give a sense of authenticity, in this case, the role of a mother was very well played by someone who hasn’t experienced it yet.

I also like the fact they wove in the theme the question of rehabilitation of former criminals, specifically drug dealers.  “Criminals” is such a bad word but the danger of labeling

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Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) (Sebastián Lelio, 2017): Chile | Germany | Spain | USA

Reviewed by Alicia Huhn. Viewed at the Chinese
1 Theater in Hollywood at American Film Institute’s AFIFEST 2017.

I am so glad that I did not read about this movie before walking in right as the film began. A Fantastic Woman is everything you want a movie to be and surprises you by capturing you from the beginning with involving you in the real tenderness of the two lovers.   I was at once intrigued by the romance of the two lovers and the Latin cultural theme felt familiar to me from living in Miami for 5 years. I am honestly admitting that I may not have chosen a film about transgender sexuality. I am impressed.  By not reading about the theme I did not know until the doctor began addressing the character whom she portrayed. This is an absolute testament to the true femininity of actress Daniela Vega and the director for their utter grace in presenting this very challenging role to portray. I think at this time is society there is tremendous pressure from viewers regarding a very delicate subject which many would like to ignore.   Marina is a complex character which, as a

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