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43 Ratings

In My Room

Directed by Ulrich Köhler
Germany, Italy, 2018


Armin, in his fourties, is a freelancer with lots of time and little money. He’s not really happy, but can’t picture living a different life. One morning the world looks the same as always, but mankind has disappeared.

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In My Room Directed by Ulrich Köhler
Playful and fun (which I can’t say of the other two films by Köhler I’ve seen, the purposefully-but-still drab Bungalow and Sleeping Sickness), full of surprise song cues, its deceptively drab opening segment full of information unexpectedly crucial to what’s about to follow, the whole appropriately despairing about heterosexual relationships.
September 19, 2018
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The studied banality of Kohler’s approach—no score, undramatic lighting, very few close-ups—combined with Armin’s essential diffidence generates a subtle underlying air of suspense, a suspicion that the narrative could feasibly could go anywhere from the seeming impasse at which it begins. It turns out that this is by design, since the ensuing plot gambit is meant to be received as a shock to the system.
September 11, 2018
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In My Room’s most remarkable and bracing feat with respect to temporality is really just the transformation in Armin himself. . . . No matter how much time has passed, In My Room invests Armin with an almost comical level of capability when the chips are down.
September 03, 2018
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