In The Fade stars Diane Kruger in what is only her second film in her native German language. Kruger speaks perfect 'American,' so she's had a successful career in American film playing an American. I'm in awe of people who can learn a second language and wipe out virtually ever hint that it is anything but their first language.
Anyway, Kruger plays a German woman married to a German-Turk former drug dealer who is murdered along with their young son in a terrorist bombing. Kruger's performance is realistic and emotionally affecting as she struggles through interactions with the police, her family, the public and a difficult trial while overwhelmed by shock and grief. I especially appreciate that neither she nor her husband are portrayed as perfect people, which complicates things emotionally, particularly with respect to the judgments that others so readily pass on them. There are a few areas of weakness in this film--a few moments that don't ring as authentic--but these imperfections don't seriously compromise the film.
Rent on Amazon.
X-ometer rating: 92/100