Crime series: Successful social study – The “Polizeiruf” from Halle

Crime series
Successful social study – The “Police Call” from Halle

Henry Koitzsch (Peter Kurth) and Michael Lehmann (l, Peter Schneider) investigate. photo

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A little girl dies in agony in a garden. In their second “Polizeiruf 110” case from Halle, Koitzsch and Lehmann have to get rid of prejudices and clichés in order to find the murderer.

“The Inca is gone. So is our little one. She’s just not coming home.” When the girl’s mother, worried, dialed the emergency number to report the disappearance to the police, the inspector was there Henry Koitzsch (Peter Kurth) lost in thought on the market square in Halle. He’s been drinking again and his driver’s license is gone.

He and Inspector Michael “Michi” Lehmann (Peter Schneider) get the missing person case on the table. The eight-year-old seemed to have been swallowed up by the earth for the second day. Initial investigations lead to the school. “She’s such a quiet little girl. Such a loner,” says teacher Monika Hollig (Susanne Böwe), describing the missing woman. And while Lehmann prays that he will find the elementary school student alive, his coarse colleague Koitzsch has a terrible premonition that is confirmed. Inka lies dead in an allotment garden.

The first shows the new episode “The Fat Man Loves” from the “Polizeiruf 110” series from Halle on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. It took almost three years for the second case involving Koitzsch and Lehmann to be broadcast in the Saalestadt in Saxony-Anhalt. As seen in “An der Saale hellem Strande”, in May 2021, Thomas Stuber from Leipzig is directing. Together with author Clemens Meyer he also wrote the script for “The Fat Man Loves”. As a well-rehearsed team, both of them are also responsible for several films such as “Herbert” or “In the Gangs”.

During the investigation into the little girl’s death, the very committed math teacher Krein (Sascha Nathan) soon comes into focus. The tall, overweight man (without a first name in the film) lives alone in a dreary prefabricated apartment full of cuddly toys. He is a strange fellow, always nervous and always sweating wet. As a teacher he sacrifices himself, but how close is the relationship with his students really? Koitzsch and Lehmann now know that it is a brutal sexual murder. The blonde, curly girl was first tortured and then died with a broken neck. “The perpetrator must have been quite heavy,” said the coroner after the autopsy.

Koitzsch gets lost in solo efforts and often leaves his colleagues out. He doesn’t want to burden the devout father of the family with the “child murder”. “I need you rested, Michi. Look at me. Do you want two zombies to investigate here?” Homeless people from the gardens are questioned, including a known pedophile. In one of the bungalows, Koitzsch and Lehmann find Inka’s hidden toys. Also a lot of money in a child’s wallet. “Maybe these are all gifts,” Koitzsch muses.

Meanwhile, an angry mob erupts against the teacher Krein when he goes out for ice cream with the student Juli after her tutoring. “You’re the child fucker,” says the spokesman. At school someone wrote “The Fat Man Loves July” on the blackboard. He is humiliated again and again. Can Krein withstand the pressure? The ending is as surprising as it is shocking. The solution to the grueling case leads from a retirement home to a high school. “Call the boss. It’s going to be a tough call,” says Inspector Koitzsch to his colleague, who then treats himself to a drink from his hip flask.

“The Fat Man Loves” is a sensitively told, successful social study. A declaration of war against prejudices, clichés and prejudgment. Sascha Nathan stands out in his role as a suffering, cuddly toy-loving educator without friends or family, and the sensitively used music by Bert Wrede gives the audience goosebumps in many moments. Peter Kurth and Peter Lehmann are convincing as the rough-and-tumble and the sensitive ones. Or as Kurth once put it: “Henry Koitsch and Michael Lehmann have a father-son relationship. The interesting thing about it is that you never know who the father or the son is.”

Media dossier “The fat man loves”

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