She just robbed a shop wearing a mask, threatened the owner with a gun and scared her to death. Just a moment later, Louise “Lou” Bronski (Luzia Oppermann) has taken off her mask, gets into the car with her daughter Lilli and gives the little girl a lollipop she had stolen. This is not without consequence: The “monster mother”, as the title of the “Polizeiruf” episode, has to go to jail. When she was released two years later, her child was already in a foster family. The family court has found “Lou” to be incapable of bringing up children and sees her as a danger to their daughter. The angry mother is now doing everything to bring Lilli back – leaving a trail of blood behind. Inspector Lenski, who has actually already quit her job, gets Bronski’s violence. It all boils down to a dangerous trade: the inspector for the girl.

This film (written and directed by Christian Bach) shows a lot of empathy for the “monster mother”. Because he hints at why Louise Bronski became the way she is: she herself never experienced motherly love and otherwise had few good experiences in her life. But as brutal as she is towards her fellow human beings – she has so much love and affection for her daughter. Lilli would never harm her. It is to the credit of the 26-year-old actress Luzia Oppermann that she credibly embodies this ambivalence. Her performance alone is a reason to tune in.

Olga Lenski’s last case is not a thriller, the perpetrator is clear from the start. Rather, it is a flawless hostage drama that works with all the clich├ęs of this subgenre: flashing blue light columns and rattling helicopters chasing the getaway car – and on the other hand hectic activity in the police planning staff. Here the “Polizeiruf 110” offers little that is new.

Inspector Adam Raczek (Lucas Gregorowicz) worked closely with Olga Lenski for five years. However, he finds out from his superior that his colleague has quit the service – which makes him very cold. For the last common case, he pulls himself together again.

In 2011, Chief Inspector Olga Lenski solved her first case at “Police Call 110”. “Monstermutter” is her 18th and last assignment – also one of the better episodes with the investigator played by Maria Simon. Also worth repeating.

The “Polizeiruf 110: Monstermutter” was first broadcast on January 31, 2021. ARD repeats the case on Friday, March 24, at 10:50 p.m.

Inspectors Olga Lenski and Adam Raczek recently investigated the following cases: