The body of a student is found in a park in Göttingen. While Anaïs Schmitz (Florence Kasumba) suspects a Scandinavian-looking serial killer, called “Viking”, behind the murder, Charlotte Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler) follows a different lead: She investigates asylum seekers who played football near the scene of the crime – and reports about Anaïs ‘ Husband commissioned a DNA origin analysis, which is banned in Germany, to provide conclusions about the origin of the perpetrator. Or was it the jealous friend of the dead in the end?

The topic comes up more often in the “crime scene”: A murder occurs and the police suspect the immigrant all too quickly. However, this case is more complex: the film, directed by the proven duo Daniel Nocke (script) and Stefan Krohmer (director), takes place predominantly in the gray area. He shows that the German welcome culture is often driven by interests and can quickly turn into “refugee folklore”. That refugees are neither worse nor better people. And how thin the layer of civilization is even with cosmopolitan people. Charlotte Lindholm commits an unusual racist faux pas to an asylum seeker who is not immediately cooperative: “Women are worth something here. Women can even lock you up here,” she barks at the man.

When investigating the case, the police are pursuing a wealth of clues, which touches on many stories and fates – you don’t get really close to any of the people in this way.

Do you concentrate on the search for the perpetrator on the Nordic-looking “Viking” – or do you investigate among asylum seekers? Charlotte Lindholm and Anaïs Schmitz disagree on this question. The fact that Lindholm is getting along better and better with Nick Schmitz, her colleague’s husband, also causes further discord.

Definitely one of the better cases from the “Tatort” series. Turn on.

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