The material could have been made into an exciting genre piece. With a Jan Josef Liefers, who as a taciturn and melancholy inspector is in every respect the opposite of the ego/eccentric Professor Boerne he embodies from the Munster "Tatort". With an expressive Sylvie Testud, of whom we know since "Jenseits der Stille" that she needs no text at all for her expression. So now she again plays a deaf woman, Kuhnert’s (Peter Lohmeyer) wife, to whom the taciturn inspector feels very attracted and she to him, it remains purely platonic. What nice ideas for a small, concentrated 90-minute thriller. If that were enough for you.
But author and director Friedemann Fromm is not someone for whom that would have been enough. He received a lot of praise for his television series "Weissensee" about an East Berlin family close to the state in the eighties. Exactly one year ago, he wanted to go one better and create an internationally accessible political panorama of a united Berlin with the very ambitious multi-part series "Die Stadt und die Macht" (The City and the Power). For this, there was more censure than praise.
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And so now: "It is about a hitherto little-known topic in the foothills of the Kosovo war … Fromm researched for several years for this film."