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In the Aisles

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When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Department (Peter Kurth, BABYLON BERLIN), teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his charming but mysterious co-worker “Sweets Marion” (Sandra Huller, TONI ERDMANN), with whom he begins to share flirtatious break room coffees and conversations. But Marion has secrets of her own and when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian is tempted to fall into habits of his dark past. An affecting and bittersweet glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of workers, IN THE AISLES quietly celebrates the beauty in the day-to-day and the collective pride we take in our jobs with dark humor and nuance.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"[A] poignant and richly sympathetic film.”

Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

“[W]ith the aid of affecting performances and a good eye for the virtuoso moves of a forklift truck, director Thomas Stuber mines the magical in the mundane.”

Demetrios Matheou

Screen Daily

"[A] wonderful exploration of how rich and meaningful life can be, even when we are stuck in some of the most ordinary of daily routines. It will break your heart — a few times — but it will definitely leave a smile on your face.”

Thomas Humphrey


Official Selection - 2018 Berlin International Film Festival

Cast & Crew
  • Christian : Franz Rogowski
  • Marion : Sandra Hüller
  • Bruno : Peter Kurth
  • Wolfgang : Henning Peker
  • Johnny : Sascha Nathan
  • Irina : Ramona Kunze-Libnow
  • Tino : Gerdy Zint
  • Paletten-Klaus : Michael Specht
  • Rudi : Andreas Leupold
  • Marion's Man : Clemens Meyer
  • Norbert : Steffen Scheumann 
  • Director : Thomas Stuber
  • Screenplay : Thomas Stuber, Clemens Meyer
  • Producer : Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
  • Director of Photography : Peter Matjasko
  • Editor : Kaya Inan
  • Production Designer : Jenny Rösler
  • Art Director : Daniela Grömke
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2018
  • Release Date : 05/24/18
  • Countries of Production : Germany
  • Languages : German
  • Running Time : 125 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.66:1
  • Sound : 5.1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated