In 'Tatort: Murot and the Law of Karma' (September 25, 8:15 p.m., the first), Wiesbaden commissioner Felix Murot (Ulrich Tukur, 65) is again faced with a particularly tricky case. This time it bothers him that he is much more involved than he and his colleague Magda Wächter (Barbara Philipp, 56) want to admit.That's what 'Tatort: Murot and the Law of Karma' is about
Inspector Murot (Tukur) is engaged in a conversation at a hotel bar by a younger woman (Anna Unterberger, 36). Over a glass of red wine, Murot cheerfully pretends to be an insurance salesman. The next morning he wakes up in his hotel room with no wallet and no memory of what happened.
Murot hides from his employee Wächter (Philipp) that he has been robbed by a con artist. But Wächter is already watching him suspiciously, because that same night a high-ranking IT expert (Dirk Martens, 58) was found murdered in the hotel. There are suspicions that the con artist is involved in the murder and disappearance of a high-risk laptop.
While guards are busy investigating the case and, among other things, questioning his boss Schöller (Philipp Hochmair, 48) and his colleague Xavier (Thomas Schmauser, 49) at the dead man's last workplace, Murot is confronted with his past: the young woman has gotten into his life sneaked and forces Murot to reconstruct incidents that happened many years ago on a holiday trip. Murot is overcome by the fear that he has taken the guilt on himself...Is it worth turning on?
Yes. The thriller, which premiered two weeks ago at the Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen, is exciting and skilfully knit. Much is first served as an allusion and later resolved. Cameraman and Emmy winner Max Preiss creates 'a subtly gloomy atmosphere' (director Matthias X. Oberg) in the hotel, in Murot's apartment or in Eva's accommodation in an autumn landscape. The holiday film that can be seen at the beginning of the thriller is also interesting. Preiss discovered it on YouTube. It comes from a Dutch couple who shot it with a Super 8 feel. The photos were then taken with the couple to show the young Murot.
In terms of content, toxic employer-employee relationships full of humiliation play a role, as does the eponymous Far Eastern philosophy. When the Indian-born doctor Murot asks 'Have you ever wondered if your life is being guided?' Or sentences like: 'You surely know how negative karma arises. Bad karma arises from interfering with someone else's life.' Then not only the intellectual Murot comes to ponder. But the lovable quirks of this special inspector make the film very worth seeing again. Because someone like the classic music fan and gourmet Murot doesn't go jogging, for example, 'I'm doing a long run at the moment,' he says instead. But he shines in online Scrabble with otherwise actually useless knowledge like: 'There are almost 250 words that start with Q'.
And the episode actors are all masters of their trade and also demonstrate it. First and foremost is the South Tyrolean actress Anna Unterberger, who slips into a wide variety of roles as a con artist and makes each one a small highlight - whereby the roller skate blackmail scene is certainly at the forefront. But Philipp Hochmair, Thomas Schmauser, Dirk Martens and improv star Jan Georg Schütte (59) also deliver good acting as usual.
The ending is still very interesting and affects Murot's private life considerably - probably the one who watches the film on the laptop and can zoom in...
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