“Tatort” today from Stuttgart: The dead man in the lake or the secret of a summer

“Tatort” from Stuttgart
The dead man in the lake or the secret of a summer

A summer from decades ago provides the key to solving a murder case in this “crime scene” from Stuttgart.

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This “crime scene” takes the viewer on a journey into the past: a corpse is fished out of the water. The death is apparently related to events that occurred decades ago – and in which the Stuttgart forensic doctor is also involved.

  • 4 out of 5 points
  • A criminal case that starts out slowly and becomes more suspenseful as it progresses

What’s the matter?

As the When forensic pathologist Daniel Vogt (Jürgen Hartmann) is supposed to identify a body in the water, he turns away in horror: He was a close friend of the dead man and his wife Sandra (Ulrike C. Tscharre) in his childhood – which he tells inspectors Sebastian Bootz (Felix Klare) and Thorsten Lannert (Richy Müller) kept secret. He also takes a lot of time when writing the autopsy report. Does he want to protect the widow who may have poisoned her husband with a syringe and then thrown him into the water? Lannert and Bootz find the doctor’s behavior suspicious and take him off the case. However, Vogt remains interested in the investigation. The cause of this murder seems to be rooted in a summer decades ago. When the commissioners finally find the solution, it is almost too late.

Why is “Crime Scene: Forgiveness” worth it?

As soon as the first flashbacks begin, as a viewer you quickly think you know what story is being told here: that of repressed homosexuality. About two men who were in love with each other from childhood but were never able to live out their passion. The homoerotic images underline this interpretation. But that’s only part of the story – the truth is much more complex. That also makes the criminal case interesting. “Forgiveness” is a classic whodunit, and the more the drama of the youth summer unfolds, the more the viewer enjoys puzzling along as to who the murderer could be. Katharina Adler and Rudi Gaul have written a gripping script.

What bothers?

Again and again the pictures go back in time and show three boys. Only one of them still appears in the present. It is not clear to the viewer which of the three he is – and what the third boy is all about. So no tension can arise in these scenes.

The commissioners?

No private antics, no arguments like an old married couple: Inspectors Lannert and Bootz are simply doing their job in this crime thriller. And that is beneficial.

Turn on or off?

After a long time, once again a crime thriller in which you can guess who the perpetrator is until the end. Tune in.

Commissioners Lannert and Bootz also investigated these cases:

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