In the aisles

In the aisles

DVD - 2019 | German
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An affecting and bittersweet glimpse into the shared connections of a motley group of nightshift workers at a big box store, including the reclusive newbie Christian and the charming but mysterious Marion.
Publisher: Chicago, IL :, Music Box Films,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: GERMAN DVD INT
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Byond
Jan 06, 2021

In a way its about the situation of the staff of a Costco like store in Germany; about what fate has dealt them.
There must be some way to squeeze in some relief from the dawn to dark confinement; eventual retirement.
It seems among the forces operating on these folk is a valuation of decency.
As it appears, the prevailing stance is one of acceptance, even love. People here don't seem out for each other.
This is a drama, based on a short story of a well respected German writer, Clemens Meyer. There are some light moments, but its not funny. Its life.

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lindy919
Dec 03, 2020

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Plays like a job training video. Stopped after 45 mins.
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matcat44
Jan 18, 2020

Became so bored with this dull movie, only watched 20 minutes or so.

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jimg2000
Nov 15, 2019

***Updated with quotes today***

A slow burn drama about the close-knit workers in a giant wholesale market, like Costco Warehouses. At its core, it is about the loneliness and uncertainty of two generations of displaced Low-skilled East Germans trying to assimilate in a reunited Germany. The characters and environment are similar to the Japanese in the East and minority dominated work places in the West where their only social life revolve around their jobs. (It begs to question their future. as Obama did in his 2008 presidential bid concerning those rust-belt workers, what if their jobs are no longer secure due to globalization, labor surplus because of immigrants and automation.)

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jimg2000
Nov 15, 2019

We call it the ocean. They swim here until someone buys them.
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I heard full body tattoos make you get cold faster.
-You heard, huh?
Uh-huh. Is that true?
-No. Who told you that?
Are you tattooed all over?
-No.
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Was all of that still on the first day? Or was it already on the second day? Or had several days already passed? There was no daylight in the aisles. And when I left the store, it was already dark outside.
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She's in Sweets. A typical cleaner-upper. Like women are.
-I heard that!
The truth may well lie in the middle.
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What would you wish for? I mean, if you could.
-Everything.

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jimg2000
Nov 15, 2019

Forklift conflicts. It's not so easy sometimes. One forklift per department. We don't get along so well with Canned Goods. With Sweets we're fine. And they're on a friendly warpath with Gourmet Foods and Frozen Goods. For some reason, pet food is in Detergents. Who knows why. They only have a small forklift. Doesn't even have power steering. So no one wants it. In Siberia... Frozen Goods, they don't even have one. It's too big. That's why Klaus runs around with the power jack.
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What a chatter-box you are, I can hardly get a word in!
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The kid's losing it.
-You mean your son?
Yeah. He wants to go to college. I say to him, "get your craftsman diploma first, then you have a solid foundation." He's totally losing it.

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jimg2000
Nov 15, 2019

Then things took their course. The place shut down, the company came in and took us over. Winners of reunification. F6. Trucker cigarettes. When you passed the tobacco factory in Dresden, on Highway 6, that's when you knew
you were almost home.
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Back when we were in trucking, we'd all stick together too. Those were wild times. Then came reunification. Then they hired all of you. Yeah, exactly. We were still young. More or less. I went from truck to forklift. I miss being on the road.
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A bit of required knowledge, in case a customer asks. Here we have tortellini. Tortelloni. Penne, penne rigate, fusilli. Those are like spiral macaronis. Orecchiette. They look like little ears. It all looks the same. Careful now. Those have ridges, and those don't. The sauce sticks to the ridges. 21 different kinds. That's just the Italian noodles, without egg. Ortelle, for soup. And pappardelle, that's those wide noodles. And then we have... vermicelli, farfalle, rigatoni, trenette...

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