‘In the Aisles’ Review: A Store With Everything, Except Fulfillment

A shaggy-dog tale that treats crisscrossing forklift traffic as a sight worthy of the Blue Danube waltz, the German feature “In the Aisles” mostly takes place in an anonymous, highway-side megastore sized somewhere between a supermarket and a cost club. Its hero is a taciturn, newly hired stock handler, Christian (Franz Rogowski), whose hours are such that he rarely sees daylight. Unlike his fellow employees, he doesn’t drive home but waits for a bus on which he is consistently the sole passenger.

Christian’s nocturnes are brightened by Marion (Sandra Hüller), a sunny fellow employee drawn to his reserved demeanor. Suddenly, Christian is, in the words of his mentor, Bruno (Peter Furth), “forklifting like a lunatic” because he’s in love. But Marion is married, to an unseen husband said to treat her badly. Also, nothing in “In the Aisles” is straightforwardly resolved — certainly nothing as conventional as romance.

Directed by Thomas Stuber from a short story by Clemens Meyer, “In the Aisles” is divided into three main segments. Bruno’s chapter is the most suggestive of a wider world beyond the market walls. He reminisces about his life as a trucker before reunification.

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