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In the Aisles

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After the shy and reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski – Victoria, Happy End) loses his job, he starts to work for a wholesale market. Bruno from the Beverage aisle takes him under his wing, showing him the ropes and patiently teaching him how to operate the fork lift. In the aisles, he meets “Sweets”- Marion (Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann) and is instantly smitten by her mysterious charm. The coffee machine becomes their regular meeting point and the two start to get to know each other. But Marion is married and Christian’s feelings for her seem to remain unrequited, especially when Marion does not return to work one day. Christian slowly becomes a member of the wholesale market family and his days of driving fork lifts and stacking shelves mean much more to him than meets the eye.

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