In the Aisles
Hope can be found anywhere, even in the aisles of a supermarket warehouse, as a new night stockman falls in love with a sweets-selling married coworker in this working class fairy tale.
"A lyrical portrait of emotionally damaged misfits sharing a soulless working environment."—The Hollywood Reporter
Christian (Franz Rogowski, Transit) is the new night stockman at a Costco-like retail warehouse in the East German provinces, and the careful way in which he covers up his substantial tattoos indicates a troubled past he'd rather not discuss. All the more reason to keep his head down and productivity up, learning the ropes from the world-weary but sympathetic Bruno (Peter Kurth, SIFF 2017's A Friend of Mine), but such a facade immediately falls apart once he lays eyes upon Marion (Sandra Huller, Oscar®-nominee Toni Erdmann), a married woman who works in the sweet goods section. Though they are clearly kindred spirits, and rumors about her abusive husband run rampant, they keep their flirtations to a socially acceptable minimum. But as their relationship grows deeper, they learn that hope can be found anywhere, even in the aisles of a supermarket. In the Aisles is a complex working-class fairy tale about matters of the heart, one that takes its time revealing the ins and outs of this miniature society where people yearn to break free from their pasts and presents.
Born and raised in Leipzig, Thomas Stuber came to directing via screenwriting, working on scripts and continuity on several productions before making his first short in 2004 and first feature in 2008. "I don't focus on the heroes in the middle of society, I focus on the heroes on the outskirts," he says of his films. "I try to tell [their stories] as big, as tragic, as poetic as possible... I like to give this part of society a voice."
Sponsored by Arrivé
- Original Language Title: In Den Gangen
- Director: Thomas Stuber
- Principal Cast: Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller, Peter Kurth, Andreas Leupold, Michael Specht
- Country: Germany
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 125 minutes
- Producer: Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
- Screenplay: Clemens Meyer, Thomas Stuber
- Cinematographers: Peter Matjasko
- Editors: Kaya Inan
- Music: Milena Fessmann
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: A Heavy Heart (2015); Teenage Angst (2008)
- Language: German
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Music Box Films
- International Sales: Beta Cinema