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In the Shadows


Germany. Dir. Thomas Arslan. 2010, 85 mins. 35mm. With Misel Maticevic, Rainer Bock, Uwe Bohm. One of the pioneering figures in the loose movement known as the Berlin School, Arslan finds fresh subtleties in the familiar contours of the heist thriller. In this modern-day La Samouraï, a laconic master thief (a superb Maticevic), just out of jail, plans another job, with a crooked cop and a former boss in pursuit. The premise is familiar, but the pleasures of this exemplary genre movie, shot in crisp, gleaming digital, lie in the hypnotic clarity and precision of Arslan’s filmmaking.

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