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Contemporary World Cinema
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From director/co-writer Thomas Stuber, In the Aisles unfolds as both a poignant romance and a deft sketch of modern-day, working-class Germany, where a shy loner yearns for the affection of a lovely but married co-worker against the less-than-seductive backdrop of a warehouse supermarket.
Christian has a shady past and a marked lack of social skills, but he’s finding a sense of purpose and belonging amid the forklifts and endless shelving units of his new place of employment. More important, he’s finding a niche for himself in the break room, where he gets to know Marion—whose charm is admittedly complicated by an abusive husband, according to the employee grapevine. What happens from here on out happens slowly, tentatively—but superb performances by Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller render the small-d dramas of everyday life large and even luminous in the dull glare of those fluorescent worksite lights.
SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)
A crumbling village in southern Italy sets the stage for bumbling redemption in this comedy about a woebegone, poetry-loving mayor seeking to revitalize his community with the unlikely help of two would-be mobsters. Waking Ned Devine meets We Bought a Zoo.
Despite record profits on the backs of their already-struggling labor pool, the managers of Perrin Industries plan to shut down a French factory that employs 1,100. This fiery portrayal of workers on strike puts viewers in the thick of the battle between the little guy and the powers that be.
In this bittersweet Italian romance, ad man Teo is a womanizing workaholic who has zero intention of getting serious with Emma, the blind divorcée he’s nevertheless seducing. But the road to true love and heartbreak alike is paved with zero intentions.