Anne is portrayed as an independent woman . She lives on her own and is supported by no one. She is free-willed and takes matters into her own hands. But still, it is seen in the film how she can be incapable for her job. Her colleagues constantly remind her to grow a thicker skin because she gets too emotional and too attached to those whom she encounters. She is too idealistic to find the good in criminals by helping them even off duty.
In the aspect of cinematography of the film, Dresen, together with Michael Hammon, the director of photography, is very successful in creating the appropriate mood of the film by the establishing shots of the high rise buildings and empty streets of the gloomy city of Rostock. The film has a documentary feel because of the grainy picture. Hammon also gave a more humane touch to the film by using a lot of hand held camera shots as well as tracking and pans. The film is very moving because of the abundant reaction shots which make the audience feel the characters' emotions.
The powerful cast even adds the success of the film. It would not have been as successful if not for their marvelous portrayal of their roles. Laila Stieler's screenplay is equally as excellent as all the aspects that made the film possible. It was not at all dragging nor boring. The film proves that social change is still possible with someone like Anne who still do not lose hope in our society.