"Tatort" from Berlin: Detention by Murder?

              Saturday, 9th November 2019
                By Julian Vetten

              The Berlin housing market is highly competitive – so far, so well known. But is he so fiercely contested that landlords go over dead bodies? And what does the feeling of powerlessness of an old and heavily armed GDR judge have to do with the whole thing?
              Old people are dying, that's the way it is in life. No need to be overzealous in the search for the cause of death – especially not if the dead person was lying undetected in his home for eight weeks and the maggots in, on and beside his body are celebrating a tremendous feeding spree. That in this country, every doctor, from orthopedist to psychiatrist, perform a morgue and in case of doubt must, increases the chances of detecting a homicidal offense, not necessarily – with a shocking result: every second murder remains undetected in Germany, because the morging sloppy or was not performed properly. Liz (Britta Hammelstein) and Hajo (Christian Kuchenbuch) are connected by somber experiences. (Photo: rbb / Marcus Glahn) The death of a 67-year-old Plattenbaubewohner in the east of Berlin would have become almost one of these undiscovered murders, had the dead not Commissioner Karow (Mark Waschke) to the neighbors. The "crime scene" commissar marches, straight from work, into the stinking Madenhotel next door and bans his beastly landlady: she wants to see the mess cleared up as soon as possible in order "to redraw the 1st of the next month "missed" – and has "overlooked" that a neck close up as a natural cause of death rarely occurs. Was it "Murder through Murder", as Karow's colleague Rubin (Meret Becker) suspected? Turning Winner, Wendeverlierer "The afterlife" treated at once several topics that are currently highly topical in Berlin: It is about the rents, the murder last Means not even as unlikely as a few years ago; it is about the loneliness of people in a metropolis; and, one day after the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is also about the legacy of the GDR, turning point and turnaround losers. Is Gerd Böhnke (Otto Mellies) just a poor old pensioner? (Photo: rbb / Marcus Glahn) Gerd Böhnke (Otto Mellies), a disillusioned GDR judge in retirement, who is only out with a pistol in the shopping net after a robbery and mourns the old days, belongs to the latter quite objectively. In the interplay with two spouses who are linked by a post-traumatic stress disorder, and the two not so carefree commissars director Florian Baxmeyer draws a fascinating as well as devastating psychogram of city dwellers in various stages of self-dissolution.Almost other than devastating is the quality of this Berlin "crime scenes": The acting performance is at its usual high level, the various narrative levels interlock perfectly – and the former Defa star Otto Mellies shows what is possible with 88 years. All in all, a clear vision recommendation!

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