The “crime scene” in the blink of an eye: a whole life in one second

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The “crime scene” in the quick check
A whole life in a second

By Ingo Scheel

In their 29th case together, Lannert and Bootz from Stuttgart deal with a dead man on the side of the road, the victim of a classic hit-and-run. “The Murderer in Me” is more of a moral psychogram than a crime thriller, with a culprit heading for the abyss.

What is happening?

A quick call, clarify a few things, one hand on the wheel, the other on the mobile phone. Ben Dellien (Nicholas Reinke) is almost home, where his heavily pregnant wife (Christina Hecke) is waiting for him. But the rain is getting heavier and heavier, you can hardly see the road. Suddenly there is a crash in the front of the car. Dellien enters the irons. A wild boar? A deer? What did he hit there? Seeing his victim, Dellien decides within seconds: continue or help? A little later, Dellien is at home in bed, next to his wife.

The next day the radio news broadcast it: Dellien killed a person. A homeless man nicknamed Foxy. The man lived for a few hours and then bled to death, according to research by forensic pathologist Vogt (Jürgen Hartmann). Lannert (Richy Müller) and Bootz (Felix Klare) are puzzled, and Bootz is also rocked by a professional crisis of meaning. Nothing against what Dellien has up his sleeve: in the battle for guilt and penance, between confession and cover-up, the man goes deeper and deeper into ruin.

What is it really about?

That split second when everything changes. Being inattentive once – and these are the consequences. “The guilt is filled with fear so enamored that it reveals itself when it hides,” the brash, wily Vogt quotes good old Shakespeare. For the fugitive driver Dellien there is no way out, his nerves are too raw, his attempts to cover up the crime are too helpless. Or will he eventually get away with it?

Zap moment?

no. As soon as Dellien gets to the start of the “crime scene”, it may be downright relaxed afterwards, but as a spectator you stay close to the action and are uninterruptedly curious about who stumbles there, how and why.

Wow factor?

It’s probably in the eye of the beholder and is more of an au factor than a wow factor. What happens to Dellien offers unpleasant possibilities of identification, almost painful to watch and always accompanied by a gut feeling: something like this could happen to me too. And then ..?

How was it?

7 out of 10 points – director Niki Stein has already delivered more groundbreaking films, yet very solid, downright classic crime film.

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