TV review “Tatort” – is he a killer because he just drives away?
– Is he a killer just to drive away?
In the new Stuttgart case, the inspectors investigate a hit-and-run – and begin to doubt their work.
A small second of inattention while driving through the rain at night. A bang. What was it, a deer, a wild boar? The person who caused the accident gets out, but doesn’t want to know for sure. Before long he is back in the car, driving away and lying in bed with his wife. Killer!
The first, the “Murderer!” said to be the coroner who happened to be driving by the crime scene the next morning. It is clear to him that the man who was run over did not die immediately. If he had received help, he would still be alive. But the commissioners have their doubts. murder investigation? Because of that little moment when someone wasn’t paying attention?
“The killer in me” – everyone can be meant
Sure, the car can be a weapon, Quentin Tarantino made a film about it (“Death Proof”, by far not his best). But it’s not about bad intentions and spectacular stunts. What is special about this case is that it is so ordinary. “The killer in me” is his name, and he can actually mean everyone who has ever sat behind the wheel.
“Tatort” veteran Niki Stein, responsible for the script and direction, presents quite a Normalo as a getaway driver. The next morning the perpetrator shows remorse and wants to go to the police. But he has a career, a family, maybe he can still ward off evil. So the wheel starts turning, and things only get worse.
“Why are we doing this?” asked the police
This Ben Dellien (Nicholas Reinke) is the small weak point in a good “crime scene”: His character, in all his tension, never really comes to life, remains a cliché with a detached house, a pregnant wife, the prospect of promotion in a law firm. A secondary character is more interesting: Tatiana Nekrasov as an employee in a car wash. She could betray him. But it doesn’t.
It is unusual that this unspectacular case of everything makes the inspectors question their actions: “Why are we doing this?” asks Sebastian Bootz (Felix Klare) almost desperately, after which Thorsten Lannert (Richy Müller) gives him a lecture that both can improve the world a little with their actions. But does he believe it himself? The question remains open until the surprisingly successful ending.
By the way, the accident happened at a place called “Misery”. Anyone who thinks this is a somewhat clumsy invention is wrong. There really is a hill with this name, on the former Solitude racetrack in Stuttgart, where a Formula 1 race was last held in 1964. But what people believe still prompts them to race in the beautiful forest curves: the two commissioners are also flashed.
Matthew Lerf has many years of experience as a culture editor in Bern and Zurich. In 2008 he won the Prix Pathé for outstanding film criticism.More information@MatthiasLerf