The latest iteration of the “crime scene” during the summer holidays comes from Dortmund: in a socially stressed high-rise settlement, there is unrest after a murder. Right-wing politician and left-wing influencer tweet about the supremacy of interpretation. The case from Dortmund is about fake news and racism among the police – and the team’s newcomer: Rosa Herzog is making herself unpopular.
Neo-Nazis again. Last Sunday, Lena O’Dental stood between the fronts (Editor’s note when Dortmunder Fall first aired on February 21, 2021) From the Rock gegen Rechts and Rechts, this week Commissioner Martina Bonich has to grapple with the suspicion that she sympathizes with the xenophobic views of a young conservative right-wing politician.
And as if that wasn’t strange enough, the seemingly in love Faber stumbles upon the case. You don’t really know what’s more bizarre: Bönisch as a xenophobe or Inspector Faber Kslop jealous?
“Tatort: Heile Welt” from Dortmund: a great case entry
With its powerful opening, Dortmund’s ‘Crime Scene’ immediately makes it clear that extreme emotional situations are involved: we see terrifying Martina Bonisch surrounded by smoke and red lights as she walks among the shadows of excited people as if in trance. Of course, nothing is safe here. It burns in the literal and figurative sense.
Faber lies dead on the ground and is dragged away. A masked woman emerges from the chaos and confronts the Inspector, and it is clear that behind the brief encounter between the two women is a far greater dimension than a momentary glance might suggest. Something pent up here has exploded. “Hell Felt” narrates the path of escalation.
48 hours ago: The team led by Chief Inspector Peter Faber (Joerg Hartmann) was summoned to Gerberviertel. A fire broke out in the basement of a high-rise building filled with low-income residents and vacant stores, and firefighters discovered the body of a young tenant.
Dortmund’s new commissioner, Rosa Herzog (Stephanie Reinsberger), makes herself unpopular with her demanding behavior and impatience at the crime scene, but from the head wound and a soiled skirt and pliers lying around her, she concludes that a woman may have been murdered and possibly raped. The forensic scientist present looks skeptically over the edge of her glasses at The New Girl—a look that Rosa Herzog will also get from her three colleagues in a similar fashion, even though she’s just doing her job.
Visiting old acquaintances
However, it is also a rather unsatisfactory start for viewers, which the script (by Jürgen Werner) by Rosa Herzog admits: nothing can be said against the reclusive detective, but there is also little that is interesting to get to know each other better . Hardly any taste stirs anticipation for further exploration of this character.
When traces of cocaine are also found in the basement, the investigation quickly leads to 19-year-old neighbor Hakim Khaled (Shadi Ek). Not only is he the son of the local mosque imam, he was previously arrested for drug possession. When Faber and Punish visit their Iraqi parents in their apartment, the inspector behaves in his usual rude manner, which upsets the imam – after all, he does not know that Faber treats pretty much everyone this way.
On the other hand, Martina Bönich (Anna Schudt) is angry that the imam’s wife is only allowed to serve tea and sit silently on the sofa next to her husband, even though she clearly understands German. When the angry commissioner encounters Hakeem outside in the store row, she suddenly arrests him and overreacts – in front of his friends who are filming.
From then on he descends with Bönisch: a clever young politician who takes over the commissioner: “finally” who wants to “protect” “German women” from foreigners – there is a reunion with Nils Jacob (Franz Pätzold), which Jürgen Werner has already presented in the script for the film “Hydra” In 2015.
Left-wing activists see the case as a prime example of the problems of racism within the police force. Social media explodes in a very antisocial way – insults and prejudices accumulate, which is also cinematically compelling: sensational messages appear on the screen in quick succession. And right in the middle is a passionate detective who really wants to do her job, and she’s convinced she’s doing it well — just in a moment when she first acted and then thought.
The question posed by this “crime scene” is not, of course, about the integrity of Martina Punish, but it is also not a serious discussion of xenophobia within the state authorities. What Sebastian Coe’s fast-paced trend, aided by impassioned tweets and angry crowds of people, a right-wing politician and left-wing influencer and their constant willingness to express, is the similarity of methodology on both sides, is the danger of quick judgment, the power of fake news and unfiltered anger. What is missing is a clear and calm head. What is missing is Faber.
Peter Faber in Mad Love
But once Martina Bönich gets off track, we test Faber in “Heile Welt” on unfamiliar paths: the guy seems to have decided to return love to his heart. He stands proudly with his new old car on Bönischs Strasse: a used Manta that matches perfectly with the jacket and that he has carefully scented with a miracle tree.
But the confusion is great when Haller’s forensic technician exits the Punish front door. And it gets even bigger when the colleague is already standing in Bönisch’s office, when Faber just wanted to surprise her with a Chinese lunch together.
Whatever one might think of the lovable Faber, the movie makes the most of it as the inspector drowns his sorrows in a duet with a bankrupt shopkeeper in a tanning center:
Tomas Janowski (Jörg Blos) had to close his computer store due to Corona, lost his apartment and is now camping in his empty store. It’s his future that appears on Faber: a lonely man among barren walls, with a sad cactus on the floor like Faber on his desk.
Characters memorize the script
However, outside, the fronts are intensifying – and at the vigil at the Gerber Center for the Dead, passions erupt from all sides.
Heile Welt works with powerful visuals, but there are also very straightforward ways to use both script and direction. Sometimes the movie feels like an entertaining educational movie about the bad consequences of fake news and the dark side of social media was filmed with the help of “crime scenes”. It worked, but it’s no compliment to a “crime scene”.
But fortunately, the strong personalities of the Dortmund squad – whose formation was played by screenwriter Jürgen Werner – cannot be so easily underestimated. “Heile Welt” proves once again that Werner’s strength lies less in the political message and more in character design; That Faber, and Punish, as well as Commissioner Pollack, who must worry again about his wife, are far from telling them. Rosa Herzog will certainly not be an exception.
This review was first published in the first broadcast of Dortmunder Fall on February 21, 2021.
Get out in a hail of bullets: Recently, Merritt Becker called the Berlin “crime scene” with great fanfare, and her character, Commissioner Nina Rubin, died during the investigation. Not the first shocking and fatal departure of a detective at the “crime scene”.