Munich “Tatort: ​​Kehraus” in the first

NYes, Ivo Batic (Miroslav Nemec) never read the Steve Jobs biography. But when a stubborn suspect asks him about it, at some point he begins to write down names: Leiti, Kalli – these are the first of the five people with whom the veteran of the Munich Homicide Squad spends most of his time. Didn’t Jobs, the tech guru, advise anyone who wants to make something of themselves to choose their circle of life wisely? Because everyone becomes the average of their daily interactions?

A little consolation in the sadness

After more than 30 years with Leitmayr and Batic, the “Tatort” audience knows that the latter is not doing so badly. But now, at carnival time, the Bavarian with Croatian roots is gnawing after all, disguised as a pilot and hooking up brisk bees at drunken costume parties on the great days. Beyond midlife, however, the carnivalesque change of identity quickly becomes somewhat hopeless, as the vita can no longer be so easily steered onto other paths. And so this “crime scene” with the title “Kehraus” (Stefan Betz book, Stefan Holtz) is one of the saddest in a long time, and it is only thanks to its main actors, above all Nemec, that it is at least slightly heartwarming as a consolation his sadness to the bitter end.

It all starts so happily in Irmi’s pub with streamers, hits and costumed people, who Ivo Batic and his partner Franz Leitmayr (Udo Wachtveitl), who is annoyed by all of this, have to ask despite the alcohol fog in the hope of a clear view. The body of a man has been found out on the street who had just been alive but suspiciously undisguised at the counter starting trouble with a Little Red Riding Hood and an Indian – or “Native American,” as the inspectors tipsyly corrected.

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Nina Proll as Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood, played by Nina Proll, turns out to be a sober woman named Silke Weinzierl. Her best days as a carnival princess are long behind her, but the divorcee is a person with ambitions, a wannabe entrepreneur who gambles, loses, puts everything on one card again – and ends up in the “lion’s den”. However, not in the television show of the same name for founders, but in personal bankruptcy. And through clumsiness in mortal danger, which reaches her teenage son and ex-husband.


Crime scene: Kehrhaus

Video: ARD, image: BR/Lieblingsfilm GmbH/Luis Zeno

Somehow Silke Weinzierl stupidly got into a money laundering business with a South African connection, a size too big for her and also for this “crime scene” staged by the director Christine Hartmann with a feeling for the milieu, which plays in a parallel universe without corona worries . A dumb tattoo artist has an appearance, a witchy landlady and a bad wolf. Did Silke walk over a corpse to get the capital she so urgently needs? What does the old lady know? And who is cruising through Munich in a white pimp car with a Dutch license plate? Reassuringly, if at times quite soporific, old-fashioned is this episode in which solving a homicide turns into an attempt to prevent the next possible crime.

At its core, it is about Silke Weinzierl’s longing to become more than she is. Nina Proll is given the opportunity to slip into many roles: as a humiliated femme fatale, a guilty mother, a brash lifesaver and finally, in a surprisingly gritty finale, as the cold-blooded queen of self-sacrifice and revenge. It’s amazing how vague this character remains despite everything and how persistently it awakens Ivo Batic’s protective instinct. Behind her, despite an unmotivated appearance in his underpants, Leitmayr steps into the second row as his actual opposite, and the eternal young inspector Kalli (Ferdinand Hofer) remembers at this costume ball, which staggers tiredly towards Ash Wednesday, above all the attempt to present himself as a beer glass – or whatever that should be – to disguise. “Are you actually satisfied with your life?” Silke asks Ivo Batic, temporarily lodged in a hotel suite. “I have what I need,” he says. This is how the case can be summed up.