In Vincent Garenq’s engaging docudrama, the true-crime procedural “In Her Name” (Au nom de ma fille), veteran French actor Daniel Auteuil plays a father, an accountant, who expends three decades hoping to capture the murderer of his fourteen-year-old daughter. Auteuil is matched against Sebastian Koch (“The Lives of Others”) as the stepfather, a doctor he suspects of killing young Kalinka Bamberski. With fleet features and darting eyes, Auteuil always excels at indicating fear, at capturing the quicksilver of thought. He applies those skills to wide-ranging use as events, and years, flicker past, remaining superficially calm as events, and legalities, in both Germany and France, grow stranger and ever more infuriating. 105m. (Ray Pride)
“In Her Name” opens Friday, December 23 at Facets.
Author: Ray Pride
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic, editor of Movie City News and a contributing editor of Filmmaker magazine. He is also a photographer: his history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images is forthcoming. Check a few signs on Twitter (@chighostsigns) as well as daily photography on Instagram (instagram.com/raypride). Twitter: @RayPride. (Photo: Jorge Colombo.)