In the Aisles
Original Title: In Den Gängen
Running Time: 125min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Cinema 360
Two of Germany’s most wonderful new actors, Franz Rogowski (Transit) and Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann), light up this wistful romantic comedy with high-wattage chemistry in the most unlikely of settings — the gray show floor and break rooms of a big-box, discount grocery superstore.
Socially awkward young Christian (Rogowski) manages to land himself a lowly job as a forklift operator in seemingly endless aisles of enormous warehouses. He soon notices Marion (Hüller) in the confectionary section — despite her barbed and prickly humor, Christian senses an inner loneliness that he can relate to. He soon falls in love with her, something the entire superstore staff is quick to notice, but Marion is married — even if rumor has it that the marriage is an unhappy Marion. When she unexpectedly goes on sick leave, Christian feels his old personal demons creeping back and pulling him into a black hole that threatens his precarious new stability.
In the Aisles, a sweet, delicate love story, opens a door to the working lives of the people in the Eastern German provinces, a place bound to its past, but with big dreams, hopes, and desires for a brighter future. Director Thomas Stuber transforms a simple story about the everyday into a hopeful, tender contemplation on the grandeur of human life.
Director: Thomas Stuber
Producer: Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Screenwriter: Thomas Stuber, Clemens Meyer
Production Company: Sommerhaus Filmproduktion
Music: Milena Fessmann
Cinematographer: Peter Matjasko
Editor: Kaya Inan