“Crime scene” from bremen: painful resting place

This "Tatort" is a prime example of a socially critical crime thriller: it unsparingly shows the disastrous system of care services.

Horst Claasen alarms the police after he kills his wife out of desperation Photo: Radio Bremen/Christine Schroder

End legend? Is the hand sinking to retirement? Not yet. The Bremen detective team Lursen (Sabine Postel), Stedefreund (Oliver Mommsen) along with colleagues still have a year of "Tatort" work ahead of them.

Lursen, i.e. Postel, has been with the team since 1997, Stedefreund, i.e. Mommsen, since 2001. They have accomplished quite a bit. This came to mind again just the other day, when RBB happily indulged in cinematic deconstructivism with the episode "Meta". Entertaining, but too twisted to be convincing. Bremen did a better job years ago, with the episode "Scheherazade" from the pen of Christian Jeltsch. The plot: consistently unreal, but possible. Irritating. Without final clarification. A warning against supposed certainties.

The current Bremen "Tatort" is, for other reasons, another highlight of the series. The hackneyed critic’s mantra that public broadcasters don’t dare do anything is refuted here with verve. Where others take refuge in the fantasy humbug or meekly set their stories in the past, documentary-trained author Katrin Buhlig and director Philip Koch reach right into life.

An apartment building, as there are many in Germany. Inside, a quiet room. Canine panting, the clock ticking quietly. A folded wheelchair, a container of medication on the table. An old man rises from his armchair. Goes into the marital bedroom, looks lovingly at his wife resting in bed. Grabs a pillow, smothers her. He swallows a cocktail of pills and tries to commit suicide. He informs the police beforehand.

He apologizes before he collapses. But the ambulance arrives too early, with the police in tow. The question of whether a failed extended suicide or premeditated murder could drive the plot, but it does not. Fraudulent nursing services and their corrupt henchmen in the authorities, including the cowardly look-aways, are the subject.

Bremen "Tatort": "Im toten Winkel," Sun., 8:15 p.m., ARD

And, it must be said, the torment of those who are left alone with the care of severely disabled or demented people. This is not something that comes off the page here; it is shown forcefully, even relentlessly. Respect for the courage of the actors involved. Elsewhere, they would receive awards for this. In Germany, awards go to Diana Amft or the amateur actors from "Red Ribbon Club. Traute looks different.

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