Detective Chief Inspector Elisabeth “Bessie” Eyckhoff has to solve the gruesome murder of a 16-year-old girl in “Police call 110: The light that the dead see”. Is it worth turning on?
Im “Police call 110: The light that the dead see” (May 15, 8:15 p.m., the first) Chief Inspector Elisabeth “Bessie” Eyckhoff (Verena Altenberger, 34) tries to solve the murder of a 16-year-old girl. A new old colleague supports her in her fifth case.
That’s what “Police Call 110: The Light the Dead See” is about
A dead girl, wrapped in plastic, buried. No usable traces. No concrete clues. Chief inspector Elisabeth “Bessie” Eyckhoff (Altenberger) tries to solve the murder of 16-year-old Laura Schmidt. Together with Dennis Eden (Stephan Zinner, 47), who has now also switched to homicide, Bessie searches for clues and comes across an earlier case: the disappearance of Anne Ludwig, who was also 16 at the time. Is there a connection between these two cases? Both girls got into a white van after the evening’s ice skating.
Suddenly Caroline Ludwig (Anna Grisebach, 48) appears in the police station. She wants to know if the girl found is her missing daughter Anne. Bessie has to deny this. When initial investigations revealed that Caroline Ludwig, of all people, was probably the last person to speak to Laura, the very unstable-looking woman is under strong suspicion. And the evidence against Caroline Ludwig accumulates more and more when the teenager Stefanie Reither (Zoë Valks, born 1995) tells the police about strange encounters with her.
Is it worth turning on?
Yes. The case drags a bit at first, but then it gets exciting. In contrast to the largely chamber drama-like predecessor crime thriller “Polizeiruf 110: Until midnight”, the dialogues are less in the foreground in the new Munich crime thriller. Director Filippos Tsitos (b. 1966, “Tatort: Kleine Herzen”) tells the story more through looks and through the sometimes very depressing atmosphere in Munich’s large housing estate district of Neuperlach.
“Our goal is to hit the subconscious and let the story, the characters and their conflicts get under your skin,” says Tsitos – and the filmmakers also succeed in doing that. Above all, the two characters who are on the verge of madness – Caroline Ludwig (Griesebach) and Stefanie Reithers (Valks) junkie roommate Patrick Kundisch (Aniol Kirberg, born 1998) – convey an impressive amount with their looks and gestures.
Commissioner Eyckhoff, on the other hand, sticks to the spoken word. In this case, however, she has reached her limits with her psychological imagination and empathy. “Because sometimes there is nothing to understand, because some people do senseless, violent things that nobody can understand, not even they themselves,” explains Verena Altenberger – without revealing too much – about the new case.
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